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Opening Reception for Jen Lewin: It’s Electric

May 31, 2013 | 6:00pm — 8:00pm

ART/TEKNE: Part 2*

Please join us for a reception, Friday, May 31st, from 6 - 8 pm, to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Jen Lewin: It's Electric.

It’s Electric is a solo exhibition featuring six new playful, interactive light and sound sculptures by new media artist Jen Lewin. These works are intended to inspire experimentation and group collaboration while encouraging participants to become part of the artwork through direct interaction and active collaboration with the work on view.

Lewin has spent the last fifteen years honing her highly technical medium through the fabrication of large-scale interactive sculptures that she has exhibited in public spaces throughout the country. From responsive sound and light forms that incorporate dance, to woven fiber video curtains that reflect movement, to giant robotic moths that flutter in response to human touch, Lewin’s ability to utilize technology as a medium challenges many pre-conceived limits and conceptions of new media works. At once organic and electronic, Jen Lewin’s playful sculptures leave viewers enchanted and surprised while encouraging delight through the viewer’s engagement with the work.

Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned interactive sculptor whose studio is located in Boulder, Colorado. Her technically complex works have been featured at the Gwangju Art Biennale, Tisch School of the Arts, Lincoln Center, Burning Man, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, and SXSW. In 2010, Lewin collaborated with Claes Oldenburg to internally illuminate The Paint Torch, one of Oldenburg’s large-scale public sculptures in Lenfest Plaza, Philadelphia. Her design and multimedia work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Siggraph, Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures, Bon Appétit, WIRED, The New York Times, and Automation in Construction. Lewin served as Creative Director for the Ceren Project and Ivee Project at Sundance Laboratory for Computing in Design and Planning, as well as a lead designer for ITN (Saber) in Palo Alto. Lewin earned her BA in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MPS in Interactive Telecomunications from New York University.

*The ART/TEKNE series, curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, is a three-part series planned for the summers of 2012-2014. ART/TEKNE features solo-exhibitions of internationally known Colorado artists whose works chart new relationships between technology, aesthetics, and society.

This exhibition is generously supported in part by the HBB Foundation, the CU Art Museum benefactors and members, as well as by the CU Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) fees.

Jen Lewin, American[+]
Edison Orbs (detail)
hand-welded aluminum, vintage Edison bulbs, hand-mounted LEDS and custom circuitry
15 x 10 x 3 feet

Image courtesy of the artist © Jen Lewin

Jen Lewin, American[+]
It's Electric
laser cut steel, custom warm white LED strip
3 x 15 x 1 feet

Image courtesy of the artist © Jen Lewin

Jen Lewin, American[+]
The Pool
custom-formed plastic, custom LED strip, custom electronic circuitry
50 feet in diameter x 2 inches

Image courtesy of the artist © Jen Lewin