Installation image featuring a tv monitor with a blue background and green wallpaper with images.

The Backend

September 14 – December 1, 2023
George Segal Gallery

The Backend is a group exhibition of works by thirteen contemporary artists who delve into the protocols and agreements that shape our society and the framework of our participation. Featuring works by Merlin Carpenter, Maia Chao and Josephine Devanbu, Johann Diedrick,  Sophia Giovannitti, Liz Magic Laser, Ari Melenciano, William Powhida, Bat-Ami Rivlin, Rose Salane, Finnegan Shannon, TJ Shin, and Julia Weist.

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An artwork hangs on a white wall. The work is made up of circuit boards of various colors, including teal, mustard yellow, and plum red. The work has silver hardware and black wires that cross over one another.

Sound Booth – Brian Oakes

September 14 – May 7, 2024

Sound Booth is a new series of sound installations outside the entrance to the George Segal Gallery. Brian Oakes will be the first artist in this series, bringing together sculpture, sound, and lighting to create an immersive environment for deep listening.

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A dark purple and orange painting stylized to mimic digital pixels featuring a male torso.

Case Studies 3: Joseph Parra – the edge of flesh and blood

September 14 – December 16, 2023

Kasser Theater Lobby

Case Studies 3: Joseph Parra – the edge of flesh and blood features paintings that explore the larger consequences of searching for validation, inspiration, and intimacy through digital images by asking “How does desire change when life is mediated through screens?”

Using acrylic paint and a custom wooden rig, Parra squeezes hundreds of globs of paint by hand in a quasi-grid-like fashion on a single canvas. Together, the individual drops of paint create a larger image, similar to how individual pixels function as the building blocks of screen-based images. Parra relies on the physical presence and dimensionality of the paint to bring awareness to the fleeting nature of digital images that project ideals of sex, power, and fantasy.

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