With smart phones and other digital devices a part of our daily lives, society has constant access to the digital realm. Browser Base, a new exhibit at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), explores the boundaries and inherent tension between the digital realm and the physical world. Browser Base opens at EKG at 3600 Market St in Philadelphia on April 10 and will run through May 22.
Visitors to the exhibit will be immersed in a world of constellational text patterns, peruse a collection of digital landscapes created on location en plein air-style, explore a series of color studies that exploit the dither function of Adobe Photoshop, and create and produce their own work with the click of a button using financial data.
Brower Base features four browser-based works exhibited alongside their physical derivatives with artwork by Rick Silva, A. Bill Miller, Claudia Maté and Daniel Temkin. The exhibition is curated by Kelani Nichole, an independent curator and Director of TRANSFER, an exhibition space based in Brooklyn that explores the friction between computer-based practice and its physical instantiation.
The opening reception for Browser Base will be held on Friday, April 10 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at EKG. EKG is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Computers for Browser Base are provided by NTR, which serves low-income people in Philadelphia by recycling used computers, providing hands-on training, and assisting community-based service organizations to use computers in their work.
About the Science Center
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. The Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to http://www.sciencecenter.org.
About the Esther Klein Gallery
The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened at the Science Center in 1976, 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. http://www.Estherkleingallery.tumblr.com