New Ruins

works by Jordan Fowler
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Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC
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EXHIBITION

September 9 - October 29, 2022

RECEPTION

Thursday, September 8, 2022
5:30 PM

DALTON GALLERY

Digital and physical ruins are the story of our future. New Ruins encourages the viewers to reconsider the materials and the extent to which we are digitally mediated. The works tear down our normal perception of digital things and changes the way we position ourselves within and amongst them.

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Through this body of work, Jordan Fowler fabricates imagined ruins composed of a high degree of digital elements; through which he signifies that digital systems highly affect our world both structurally and residually. Digital forms and systems are able to be ruined, like that of an architectural ruin. Through file corruption, compression, encoding, outdating, glitching; digital elements can decay and erode in ways that are reminiscent of physical ruin. Additionally, generative digital systems can grow, evolve, and adapt; traits that mirror nature. Fowler leverages new ways of exploring digital forms and systems, understand the underlying logic that makes and breaks them, and integrate their presence into an existing aesthetic tradition of ruins.

Featuring forms reminiscent of something architectural and mechanical, his large scale assemblages imply functionality but remain ambiguous. This look is achieved through layering and blending foam packaging and deconstructed machinery such as computers, printers, and appliances. In addition to these implied functional systems, organic systems are inserted as vines, roots and branches. These organic forms often mimic or coalesce with the functional forms by blending into wires, plugging into circuit boards and grafting to machine parts. In addition to these functional and organic forms, digital structures are inserted as CNC cut plaster castings and plasma cut steel fragments. The origin of these digital objects are extractions of glitches from ruined digital videos and images. Embodied as physical glitches, these forms assimilate and blend with the other forms in similar ways to the organic structures. All these forms, mechanical, architectural, organic, and digital are hybridized underneath thick layers of acrylic bonded cement. The resulting structures exude a heavy and aged presence. Thick applications of cement homogenize the forms into seamless systems, with surfaces appearing like eroded stone. Layered over the cement surfaces, projection mapped animations move across the forms. Projections of glitching video, often referencing the subject matter and composition of the sculptures interact with the interconnected systems, confusing the tangibility of the works.

Fowler's work titled Generative Ruins is a set of procedurally generated algorithms embodied as sixteen sculptural 3D prints deposited in faux copper PLA. This series experiments with the paradoxical nature of rationalizing ruins; a process that is entropic and irrational in essence. The forms are digitally grown from a pair of algorithms to produce vines and roots entangling eroding architectural forms in dramatic compositions. To influence new forms and relationships within the system, he manipulates a variety of user inputs and scalable parameters. By parameterizing the visual aspects of ruins, this combination of systems leverages the computer’s ability to infinitely randomize outcomes and generate unique ruins.

His works are designed to prompt the viewer to consider the extent to which our world is digitally integrated. How does this digital integration modify, automate, imitate, coalesce and create as technology scales? He uses ruins as a type of artistic medium to explore this question among many others in an increasingly digital world.

New Ruins artist interview | https://youtu.be/03dNx4CWR0I

JORDAN FOWLER

Jordan Fowler is a sculptor and multimedia artist whose work questions the roles of autonomy and tangibility in response to an artificially augmented world.  Taking a variety of forms, Fowler’s work mainly consists of interactive projections and sculptural objects. In addition, Fowler produces large scale public sculptures with varied subject matter and style. 

 

Fowler’s current residence and studio is located in north Georgia. He was born in Rock Hill, SC and later moved to the coast to attend the College of Charleston. He received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture and BA in Computing in the Arts from College of Charleston in 2015. In addition, Fowler received an MFA in 2020 from Clemson University. He has exhibited large scale works in both public and commercial settings in addition to small group exhibitions around the Southeast.

PERIMETER GALLERY

Just one more...
Celebrating the Life and Works of Joel "Nick" Nichols

EXHIBITION | September 9 - October 29, 2022
RECEPTION | Thursday, September 8, 2022 | 5:30 PM​ 

A third-generation photographer, Joel “Nick” Nichols spent 46 years telling the Winthrop story through pictures as the university’s full-time photographer.  But his ability to capture fleeting moments in time touched generations well beyond Winthrop.  Just One More … Celebrating the Life and Work of Joel “Nick” Nichols brings Nick’s varied images into focus in a new exhibit this fall, offered by the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections.   

ARTIST STATEMENT

Photography has the unique ability to capture fleeting moments in time. I like for my photographs to tell a story, to make a statement and to be natural. I want them to be much more than a visual recording. I want them to be exciting and artistic, to have meaning beyond the straight shot, to tell a story and to be a challenge. 

 

No matter what I’m photographing, there are always lessons to be learned from every type of assignment. On the less exciting assignments, I ask myself how I can shoot it more creatively. This becomes a mental exercise and helps me to be a more creative photographer. 

 

I like shooting in black and white and color equally. Black and white photographs evoke much emotion and I like them for their artistic value. Nothing will ever replace black and white. However, I like color photos for their beauty and clarity.

 

  ~ Joel “Nick” Nichols

JOEL "NICK" NICHOLS

Mr. Nichols was born in Greenwood, SC and was the son of the late Joel H. Nichols, Sr. and the late Clara Proctor Nichols. He attended Erskine College and earned a degree in physical education. Upon graduation, he served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. After serving, he went on to work for 2 years at The Charlotte Observer and spent the next 46 years as Staff Photographer at Winthrop University. The devoted husband, father and grandfather was an avid bike rider and enjoyed photography, camping, traveling, and baseball. 

EDMUND D. LEWANDOWSKI CLASSROOM GALLERY

 
Children's Fall Art Show
works by Rock Hill School District 3 Elementary Students

EXHIBITION | October 14 - November 12, 2022

The Arts Council is pleased to host the Children’s Fall Art Show in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery. Works created by children in grades 4K – 5 attending Rock Hill elementary schools comprise this exhibit.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

  • Central Child Development Center

  • Cherry Park Elementary School of Language Immersion

  • Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School

  • Ebinport Elementary School

  • Independence Elementary School

  • India Hook Elementary School

  • Lesslie Elementary School

  • Mount Gallant Elementary School

  • Mount Holly Elementary School

  • Northside Elementary School of the Arts

  • Oakdale Elementary School

  • Old Pointe Elementary School

  • Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies

  • York Road Elementary School

For private viewings, call
(803)328-2787

For inquiries, contact:
Mike Gentry
Gallery Manager

mgentry@yorkcountyarts.org