Monday, April 08, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts 304-696-3296

Visiting artist exhibition to begin at Gallery 842 Thursday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Visiting artist Rick Silva will be featured in a solo exhibition at Marshall University’s Gallery 842 beginning this week. The exhibit opens on Thursday evening, April 11, with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature both multimedia digital works and photos.

“We’re excited to welcome an artist of Mr. Silva’s international reputation,” Marshall Director of Galleries John Farley said.  “Although rooted in classical landscape painting, his work offers a unique, modern perspective by incorporating digital technology instead of traditional paint. I think viewers can appreciate the references to a very accessible painting tradition we’re all familiar with, and yet still feel challenged to embrace the possibilities offered by contemporary technology.”

Rick Silva studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder and received his M.F.A. in Digital Art in 2007 and his B.F.A. in Film in 2001. He was a student of renowned filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Silva's art has been shown in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Transmediale (Germany), Futuresonic (U.K.), and Sonar (Spain). His research has been supported through grants and commissions from places such as Rhizome and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He has performed live multimedia works in London at E:VENT Gallery, Tokyo at The Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, and throughout North America including the Software Cinema Festival in Houston, Texas. Media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and the CBS Evening News have all featured his art. Recently, the author of the book Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves regarded him as "a recognized pioneer in New Media Art."

Silva is currently an assistant professor of digital arts at the University of Oregon. He taught previously at the University of Georgia and the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Marshall painting faculty member Ian Hagarty proposed an exhibition and visit by artist Rick Silva because he believes Silva’s work is accessible to a wide audience. “The primary theme of his current works is nature and technology, and it takes form in digital media,” Hagarty said. “In the spirit of ‘En Plein Air’ landscape painting traditions, the artist travels to remote locations in the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian wilderness to create his artwork on his laptop computer. When considering this work for exhibition, I thought this concept/subject and connection with nature would be appealing to the Huntington community.”

Silva’s solo exhibition will be on display until Friday, May 17. Gallery 842, located at 842 4th Ave., is free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Photo: An image created by artist Rick Silva, whose work will be on display at Marshall University’s Gallery 842 beginning April 11.

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