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Merging the digital and analog through photomontage, sound installation, sculpture, and animation, New York-based artist Maria Antelman probes the intersections between the body, photography, computers, and cyberspace. Drawing on the aesthetics of early IBM advertising, that marketed machines and women as objects of desire, Antelman explores the space between the real and its representation in the digital age. In her work, machines observe, adapt, and respond to the conditions of human nature, reflecting those conditions back onto their users. Looking at digital space as an extension of ourselves, Mechanisms of Affection examines the cultural impulse to anthropomorphize technology, automate sensation, simulate connection, and impersonate vision.
Your donation will help bring Maria Antelman and her work to our campus, giving our students and the Austin community the chance to think critically about our relationship to technology and the world we live in. Being able to invite Antelman to campus means giving our students and community members direct access to an emerging artist who is inspiring others to use their voice and question their perceptions of the world. Meeting working artists like Antelman can forever shape our students' education and career by showing them that they can create a platform for conversation and change. Please join us for our opening September 20th, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m.!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Maria Antelman (b. 1971, Athens, Greece) is based in New York. She studied Art History at the Complutense University in Madrid and received her MFA from Columbia University (2011). Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Helena Anrather Gallery, NY (2019); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2018); Benaki Museum, Athens (2018); John Jay College, NY (2018); Marinaro Gallery, NY (2018); Melanie Flood Projects, OR (2017); Kunstmuseum, Bonn (2017); Stony Brook University, NY (2014); ApexArt, NY (2014); The Agency, London (2013) amongst others. She has been awarded production grants from the Onassis Foundation USA, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, and J.F. Costopoulos Foundation. She has held residencies at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn and International Studio and Curatorial Program, NY.