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Missed Connections Opens at New Media Artspace



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NEW YORK, NY -- April 29, 2015 --Baruch College presents Missed Connections, a group exhibition of new works by the third cohort to complete the New Media Arts minor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

The exhibit will run from May 11 to September 4 at the New Media Artspace gallery in Baruch’s Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street. There will be an opening reception and casual discussion with the artists for Baruch students on May 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the New Media Artspace and room 415 of the Library and Information Building. Members of the public who wish to attend may RSVP to profrauch@gmail.com.

The work in this show considers the exchange between individuals and their surroundings. How does the social environment affect the way humans relate to others, as well as themselves? Perhaps the way we interact with our surroundings is influenced by how our surroundings interact with us. Baruch students, most of whom will graduate this year, Ivan Calderon, Derek Cuthbert, Alyssa D’Angelo, Konstantin Malyshkin, Brenden Mastache, Sam Rella, Gabriela Rivadeneira and Christian Rodriguez created work with these issues in mind. Working in a range of media including video, animation, sculpture, photography and net art, the works by these eight artists are inspired by the city of New York, which gives the artists a unique insight on how humans interact within a multitude of contexts.

Derek Cuthbert’s Blindsided portrays how cruel society can be and that people will take advantage of anyone no matter the circumstances. In it a blind and homeless man is panhandling on a beautiful day trying to make ends meet, while people passing by have other plans. In Brenden Mastache’s Ashtray the severe impact that smoking has on the lungs is visualized in video and sculpture. Humans smoke as a way of socializing, without measuring the consequences they have on themselves and their surroundings.

In Sam Rella’s Branded Undead, the artist discusses the addicting nature of brand recognition through the use of video and motion graphics. Brands are a part of our environment and can deviate the way we relate to others and ourselves. In Alyssa D’Angelo’s That’s What’s Wrong, the comics express the common emotions felt by women who harshly criticize themselves due to the bombardment of the unrealistic beauty standards seen in the media. The issues of beauty and self-esteem have been in our society for centuries, where our insecurities are largely based on the opinions of others with whom we interact.

Christian Rodriguez’s Intermix is a series of short documentaries depicting the lives of three young adults in New York City. In every piece, he highlights the undeniable truth of our generation, from racial profiling to the destructiveness of nightlife. Gabriela Rivadeneira’s Child-nology portrays a contemporary reality in our society where the adult behavior of children using technological devices hinders their social growth. Colored with crayons, her animation reveals the reactions that a child tends to experience when being exposed to a technological device, in contrast to being exposed to non-technological devices.

Through video and photographs, Ivan Calderon transforms himself into a human canvas to explore the effects that texting is having on human interaction in Intextication. In this work, he demonstrates how people get intensely involved in the texting and cyber world to convey their ideas or feelings as opposed to face-to-face interaction. In Konstantin Malyshkin’s Problem Solved, he illustrates the geographical spread of ideas and thoughts across the nation through social media platforms. Inspired by the works of Edward Tufte, Konstantin displays geo-tagged Tweets that include culturally relevant hashtags and collects their meta-data.

 

Gallery Location: New Media Artspace at Baruch College, Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Gallery Hours: The New Media Artspace is open to the CUNY community during regular library hours. Members of the public may request access to the New Media Artspace at the security desk at the second floor entrance to the library. For this week's public hours, please check the gallery website: www.newmediartspace.info or dial a docent at 626-312-1664.

The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.

 

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kirk Petersen, (646) 660-6124, kirk.petersen@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

Evelisse Luciano, (646) 660-6134, evelisse.luciano@baruch.cuny.edu

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