‘micro/macro’ looks at line between order and disorder at GOCA

September 12, 2016

Ellie Colpitts

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     In a combination of modern technology, behavior, rhythm and disorder, “micro/macro,” looks to give its audience a changing perspective while they experience the exhibit.

     The exhibit, located in GOCA 1420 is open until Nov. 19 and is free to the public.

     “micro/macro” incorporates motion-based work and modular components and is inspired by artist Michael

     Theodore’s fascination with animal behaviors, order and disorder.

     Although Theodore has one traditional, static piece of art that will be displayed in the exhibit, the main component of the show will be computer-programmed, interactive art.

     Theodore is a faculty member at CU Boulder for the College of Music and departments of art and art history. Originally from New York City, Theodore is fascinated by the natural world and the feelings that come from observing it.

     “(This exhibit) is a kinetic set of encounters when the system gets close to being in sync, and then I have it programmed to scatter; it kind of abstract states of mind, but it also reflects on things not normally associated with art, such as science and math,” said Theodore.

     Similar to his previous creations, Theodore transformed the gallery into a scene that shows movement, light and sound. Many small, black motors line the walls and have thin, ten-foot-long poles hanging from them made of carbon and hinged at the middle.

     Many elements of Theodore’s work create disorder.

     Wooden boards provide structure for poles to swing between and create “sound art” as they hit each other. Color changing lights also cast shadows as rods swing back and forth. The rods never become in sync, which adds to the disorderly theme, according to Theodore.

     “The biggest metaphor for this is really the idea of individuals coming together to create and experience,” said Theodore.

     “I wanted this to be a contemplative kind of thing where you could just come in and sit here for a while and slowly notice more elements present in the artwork.”

     Turning the 2,800 sq. foot space over to one artist allows for a different artistic experience for the viewer, according to GOCA director Daisy McGowan.

     Viewers are able to interact with the art and be completely immersed in the artistic experience that differs from a traditional museum.

     “We feel that art can be a very social experience and that if you can connect with other people and create a community, that is a very powerful way to experience art,” said McGowan.

     “Michael’s work really plays with people’s perceptions that we hope will create a meaningful experience for students and form strong connections with campus.”

     More information can be found at uccs.edu/GOCA/ART/ Michael-Theodore.