Raleigh's art scene has had a large painting, sculpture and other fine art presence that has grown exponentially in the past few years, but one aspect that has been lacking is digital media. As mentioned yesterday, CAM is the leading force behind the latest surge in the local art scene. There are many things that CAM has brought to the forefront of this scene since opening in April and digital media has been one of the most evident. From the outdoor interactive art piece by Pat Fitzgerald and Lee Cherry at the opening event to the videos currently on the lower level and the pieces which are part of the current exhibition Deep Surface, CAM continues display excellent digital media.
Little known in our community and at NC State is the fact that there is an Animation + New Media program that has started producing more media artists in Raleigh. Pat Fitzgerald, an Associate Professor in the New Media program, has lead this new digital frontier at NC State in the past few years and we continue to see his work in local galleries, as well as other New Media students, graduates and professors. The Great Sky Race mural on the L Building is a collaboration between the owners, Empire Properties, and students in the New Media department.
This Friday will see the opening of ID:ENTITY: PERCEPTION + REALITY which is a group exhibition of cutting-edge interactive art works by artists and faculty at North Carolina State University. This show will include a handful of interactive digital media and animation videos from this New Media group (and a few other artists) that was mentioned above. Everything we've seen from Fitzgerald, Cherry and crew have been great, so expect this to be a great display of how digital media is up and coming in our ever-growing art scene. Below are two images of Marc Russo's excellent piece: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which will be one of the featured pieces at ID:ENTITY on Friday.
Still image from Death by Marc Russo
Still image from Silence by Marc Russo
CAM RALEIGH PRESENTS
ID:ENTITY SELF : PERCEPTION + REALITY
A GROUP EXHIBITION OF CUTTING-EDGE INTERACTIVE ART WORKS BY ARTISTS AND FACULTY AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
OPENING RECEPTION ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2011
On view at CAM Raleigh from November 18, 2011 through February 13, 2012, ID:ENTITY SELF: PERCEPTION + REALITY is the third installment of the Emerging Artists Series featuring a group exhibition by the following artists, faculty, and students affiliated with the North Carolina State University College of Design, Department of Art+Design, and the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Ph.D. program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Kevin Brock, Lee Cherry, Patrick FitzGerald, McArthur Freeman, II, David Gruber, David Millsaps, Cecilia Mouat, Carol Fountain Nix, David M Rieder, and Marc Russo.
ID:ENTITY is a group exhibition which explores the complex relationship between the "self" and the world. Artists featured in ID:ENTITY use a wide range of cutting-edge software technologies like Kinect™ technology to create dynamic, interactive imagery, inspiring environments, and to engage viewers with sensory experiences. This project is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation from the Raleigh Arts Commission.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 18 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. in conjunction with CAM Raleigh’s Third Friday events. November Third Friday will include the return of the Raleigh Wine Shop for the third part of their tasting series The Taste of Terroir: The Place Affects the Taste. The ID:ENTITY reception is open to the public and free with museum admission.
Admission is $5. CAM Raleigh members, children 10 and under, members of NARM and Mod/Co, and NC State students, staff, and faculty are admitted free.
Disclaimer: New Raleigh Publisher David Millsaps and Downtown Editor Jedidiah Gant both have digital media work in this show.