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November 4, 2009

Control Print

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design

What is the fate of print in a digital age? Parsons The New School for Design will take on this challenge with Control Print, a collaborative exhibition with the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, which explores the intersection of craft and technology. The exhibition will be on view from November 7 through December 14 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and an opening reception will be held on November 6 from 7:30-9 p.m.Control Print features works by a number of notable international artists and designers who play with the notion of digital technology. In this first American presentation, prominent members of the Parsons community create work in traditional, digital, and mixed media that extend the idea of ink on paper and showcase how technology can enter the representational process. First conceived by RCA as a research project investigating the possibilities of a customized future for digital art and design, Control Print also features the results of these experiments in a series of limited edition book spreads, large-scale artwork, and digital projections and renderings.

Among the featured artists are co-organizers Lucille Tenazas, Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons, Russell Warren-Fisher, designer and lecturer in Communication Art and Design at the RCA, and Dan Fern, Head of the School of Communications at the RCA; Parsons-commissioned artists Andrea Dezsö; Danny Durtsche, Jesse Hlebo and Arthur Ou; Zachary Lieberman with James Powderly, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue, Theo Watson with Tony Quan (TEMPT); Spylab (Benjamin Bacon, Glendon Jones, Kyle Li, and Sven Travis); and Allan Wexler; and RCA-commissioned artists Chris Bigg of V23; Leah Harrison Bailey and Sara Carneholm; Malcom Clarke, and Mark Wilson. Participating remotely in a performative print piece are designers Reza Abedini (Iran), Bruno Monguzzi (Italy/Switzerland), Leonardo Sonnoli (Italy), and Catherine Zask (France).

In timing with Control Print, Parsons will present a series of related programs, including three intensive 24-hour workshops, where the public can view teams of Parsons students and faculty creating work that actively explores the boundaries between traditional and digital technologies. A symposium on November 7 will bring together a number of the participants, as well as leaders from the art world, to discuss the future relationship of art, craft, and technology. Participants include Warren-Fisher and Clarke in conversation with Tenazas; Parsons Assistant Professor Susan Yelavich in conversation with Wexler; Harrison Bailey and Carneholm in conversation with Wilson; and Lieberman in conversation with MoMA curator Paola Antonelli.

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board Chair Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Lyn Rice Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/johnsondesigncenter.

General Information:
Location:
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York
Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and late Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; closed all major holidays and holiday eves.
Admission: Free
Info: Please contact 212.229.8919 or visit http://www.newschool.edu/johnsondesigncenter

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