Conversations @ The Center
Intersections: Art, Science and Technology
Galveston Arts Center's lecture series, Conversations @ The Center, returns Thursday, January 26. The 2017 series will feature speakers on the topic of the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Alex Goss and J Hill
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Anne Wilkes Tucker
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Adela Andea and Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Conversations @ the Center
Thursday, January 26th, 2017 6:30PM
Alex Goss and J Hill
Drawing with Computers: The Digital Zen Garden
Taking on the instructional nature of a "How-To" video found on YouTube, Goss will walk the audience through a technical explanation of Computer-Aided-Design and its connection to the physical world, while he considers technology's potential value as a democratizing tool in art and education.
Houston artist and arts educator, Alex Goss, utilizes modern industrial materials and technology such as laser cutting, CNC routing and 3-D printing in his work. Goss’s studio efforts -- under the pseudonym “YOUSCREW,” render the ability to intervene in public environments. Within spaces such as train stations and restrooms, the installations highlight the power that institutional infrastructure holds upon a public, while reminding visitors of these spaces -- the public, that they too can wield power.
Goss studied urban space while living in New York where he earned a BFA from The Cooper Union. After a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he returned to Texas to better understand the manufacturing industries Houston hosts. Goss is an instructor of a variety of subjects at TX/RX, Houston's hacker space, and also teaches at HSPVA (High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston).
Technology in the Middle
While digital technology may be relatively new, technology has, in one form or another, always been a part of art making. Hill will discuss the use of technology as part of the workflow of producing artwork and examine how technology can facilitate art making without becoming the point of art making.
J Hill is a multidisciplinary Houston artist and arts educator whose work is rooted in history, community and the underlying stories of people he encounters. Hill’s artistic production ranges from sculptural objects to art focused on social projects. He employs a variety of materials and techniques including traditional sculptural materials and processes, digital fabrication technology, and new media such as audio,video and Internet radio. Venues for exhibiting his work have included public parks and community settings, museums, galleries and non-profit spaces.
J Hill has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally; he has received multiple grants and awards such as the Artadia Houston Award, The Idea Fund Grant and the Houston Art Alliance Artist Fellowship Award. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the Discovery Green Park Conservancy, Project Row Houses and Aurora Picture Show, and is included in collections such as the Chaney Collection. Hill received his BA and MFA from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a faculty member at the Glassell School of Art where he is the area coordinator for the sculpture department.
Support for GAC comes from: The Brown Foundation, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Fondren Foundation, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Houston Endowment, The Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation, The Robert W. and Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation, Save America's Treasures, The Moody Foundation, The Susan Vaugn Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, The Texas Historical Commission, and numerous individuals