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Is Technology the 21st Century Version of a Phantom Limb? New Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit Explores the Post-Digital Landscape

April 9, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (April 9, 2018) – Three Brooklyn-based artists use digital art to illustrate technology as an expansion of our bodies in Phantom Limb, the latest exhibit at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG). An opening reception for Phantom Limb will be held on April 12, 2018 at EKG, 3600 Market Street, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Phantom Limb runs through May 26, 2018, and features work by Danielle Ezzo, Sophie Kahn and Zach Nader. The exhibit draws attention to the evolving post-digital landscape in relation to the self through diverse forms of digital art.

 

Zach Nader conducts image-based experiments drawn from the possibilities of contemporary image editing software coupled with the fluidity of pictorial representation. His reworking of existing photographic imagery has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including a recent month-long nightly video installation on 23 electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks as part of Midnight Moment in Times Square.

 

Sophie Kahn combines cutting-edge technology, such as 3D laser scanning and 3D printing, with ancient bronze casting techniques to create sculptures and videos that resemble deconstructed monuments or memorials. The interaction of new and old media engages questions of time, history, vision, identity and the body. Kahn earned a BA in Fine Art/ History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London; a Graduate Certificate in Spatial Information Architecture from RMIT University, Melbourne; and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Danielle Ezzo uses photography to investigate its relationship to both the historical and new digital aesthetic and how it meets the human form, blending the virtual and physical realms.  Her practice involves connecting visceral, optical and conceptual relationships with one another by creating a new way of looking at the figure through a post photographic – or lens. Her work has been internationally exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Russia, among others. Danielle is an MFA graduate at Lesley University College of Art & Design.

 

About the Science Center

Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond.

For more information about the Science Center, go to www.sciencecenter.org

 

About the Esther Klein Gallery

The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1977, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions, and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. For more information, visit www.sciencecenter.org/discover/ekg