The Gallery 4 presents "PRESENT" New Media Interactive Works by Erin Ko
"PRESENT" opens Saturday, December 7th, 2013 and runs through Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at The Gallery 4 (206S.HighlandAve, Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, December 14th, 2013 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1pm- 8pm .
The Gallery 4 is very pleased to welcome Erin Ko. Ko’s unique interactive work combines communication and digital design with traditional media to address the ongoing commentary between technology and the modern human condition.
With over 10 years of professional experience in game design and interactive media, Ko employs augmented reality, smartphone and web media to fully saturate the viewer in her avant-contemporary method of storytelling.
Focusing on themes of mediated reality, layered experience, transcendence through technology, creative collective, and digital privilege; voyeurs are invited to engage works via their smart phones and other devices; to not only explore, but to become a reciprocal part of the work.
"PRESENT" is Ko's archaeological display from the future - a mixed media installation that is a partial record of the “Now” we are shaping and possibly losing. It’s a mashup of western reason and eastern spirituality, an existential echo chamber of contrasting images and ideas delivered through both traditional and high tech mediums. It is an experiment in our digital DNA, an augmented reality trip, and above all - an invitation to be present.
Note: Visitors from the future are invited to examine shattered fragments of our present. Please download free viewing tools from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or use the complementary devices we provide. Explore the space, present, real and virtual.
For more information visit www.erinkostudios.com
Ko, on "PRESENT":
“Future and ancient, natural and artificial, seductive and scary; our strange and modern lives are driven by juxtaposition and synthesis. To live in the “now” is to live in a strange and surreal state of being. Reality has subsumed fantasy, life imitates art and vice-versa with a whole new level of intensity; together we ride this roller coaster feedback loop.
There is no such thing as science fiction; all our stories, dreams, beliefs are are simultaneously true and entirely delusional.”
The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.