Galleries of Contemporary Art
micro/macro: Michael Theodore

micro/macro: Michael Theodore

September 9–November 19, 2016

Studio Team: Ryan Wurst - fabrication/design; Abhishek Narula - technology design; Aaron Williams - fabrication


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In micro/macro, kinetic elements pulse towards synchronized rhythm while a designed element of disorder turbulently disrupts, producing a wholly different perceptual experience for viewers each time they visit during the 11-week run of the exhibit. Washes of raking, saturated colored light combine with movement of forms and shadows as well as sound elements to dimensionally define the space.

Theodore designed modular components in collaboration with his studio team, writing code within innovative software environments, and orchestrating the space into a simultaneously minimalist and maximalist multi-layered site-specific installation. Planning and design for the work took place over a two year period, involving multiple site visits, detailed measurements and experiments with light and sound. During a three-week residency at GOCA, the artist worked with UCCS students and his studio team to achieve this new work.

Trained as a musician and composer, Michael Theodore's interests span sculpture, robotics, sound art, programming, light and video, and kinetic motion-based work. Blending technology with the perception of viewers, Theodore's practice expands upon the Light and Space movement - a blend of op art, minimalism and abstraction - and the work of multi-disciplinary artists such as James Turrell, Sol Lewitt, John Cage, and Robert Irwin. As a composer, Theodore is one half of Psychoangelo, creating environments of sound with collaborator Glen Whitehead - the duo will perform in the space during the run of the exhibition.

Alongside the installation, Theodore is exhibiting organism/mechanism v, a two-dimensional work created through a combination of invented robotic drawing techniques and hand-painted washes of color. This truly unique process functions as a hybrid of digital art and more traditional media, extending the dialogue Theodore sparks through this exhibition.

ABOUT THE ARTIST | Michael Theodore holds faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, Boulder with the College of Music (music composition and technology), the Department of Art and Art History (by courtesy), the College of Media, Communication and Information (by courtesy) and is Director of the ATLAS Institute's Center for Media, Arts and Performance, an incubator for experimental media created with technology. Theodore received degrees from Amherst College, Yale (MM), and UCSD (PhD). Theodore's works, including interactive kinetic installations, sound and light works, moving images, and musical compositions have been presented across the United States, and in Mexico, Trinidad y Tobago, Greece, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan, and China.

Michael Theodore is represented by David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

Michael Theodore and GOCA acknowledge support for this exhibit from the following: The Entrepreneurship Initiative Seed Award, the College of Music, the ATLAS Institute, the Center for Humanities and Arts, and the College of Media, Communication and Information, CU Boulder.

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