video work to be part of exhibition at STEM City Arts, Coconino Centre for the Arts



Opening: Friday, April 11, 2015, 6pm – 8pm

Artists: Dornith Doherty (Dallas), 3_search (New York and Budapest), Colfax (Los Angeles), Julie Libersat (Dallas), Shawn Skabelund (Flagstaff), Liss LaFleur (Davidson, North Carolina), and others.

Curated by Erin Joyce Projects

The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are diverse, and touch our lives in both implicit and explicit way; from the personal technologies we use on a daily basis, medical advances, communications, and the structures we live and work in, STEM is all around us. Looking at the way in which these fields infiltrate and impact the world of art is the topic of the newest exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. STEM City Arts, curated by independent curator, Erin Joyce, is presented in collaboration between the Flagstaff Arts Council and Flagstaff STEM City, will run from April 14 – June 6th, with a special opening reception on April 11th from 6pm-8pm.

STEM City Arts looks at works that incorporate the fields of STEM into either its art production or its subject matter. The exhibition will feature works including that of local artists and leading national and internationally exhibited artists. Notable pieces in the show include Triggered, a 2011 two channel film installation by Guggenheim Fellow Dornith Doherty, documentary footage of projection mapping projects by Brooklyn and Budapest based collective, 3_search, a 3D printed installation work by Julie Libersat, multi-media installation by Flagstaff based artist Shawn Skabelund, and the world premiere of a new video and photography installation by Los Angeles based artist Colfax. The exhibition is the first of its kind in Northern Arizona, bringing together artists from across the globe, creating avant garde and thought provoking work that relies heavily on the use of STEM in its production.

About Erin Joyce Projects:

Erin Joyce is an independent curator, art critic, and scholar of contemporary art. Erin is a contributing writer to Hyperallergic, art critic for Canvas Magazine, and has held editorial positions at GOOD Magazine, ULTRA:EXTRA, and Aslan Media. In addition, her writing has been featured in Salon, SHFT, NPR Art & Seek, and the Modern Art Iraq Archive. Other exhibitions she is curating in 2015 include a three-location project, You Are On Indian Land, which will feature works from leading contemporary Native American and First Nations artists such as Nicholas Galanin, Cheyenne Randall, Edgar Heap of Birds, Postcommodity, Dana Claxton, and Marcus Amerman. The exhibition will open in New York April 17th at Radiator Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe on April 23rd, and conclude its run opening in Flagstaff at the Museum of Northern Arizona November 13th.

As a curator, Erin seeks to bend the notion of how contemporary art is presented and understood. Looking both inside and outside the construct of the museum and gallery as venue for art presentation, Erin seeks to refract art through the prism of the environment and contexts in which it was created.

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