The David Winton Bell Gallery presents Faculty Triennial 2010 featuring work by 24 faculty artists from five departments. Prior to this year, the faculty exhibition featured work from only two departments—Visual Art and Modern Culture and Media. This years exhibition reflects the cross-disciplinary practice that is an integral part of the arts at Brown.
For examples, music composer Todd Winkler has built an immersive, interactive installation; writer John Cayley collaborated with artist Daniel C. Howe from the Department of Computer Science on a software robot that reads and transforms classic texts; and playwright Erik Enh has taken his performances off the stage and into a social setting. Ehn will stage his work honoring the shooting deaths at Virginia Tech in the List Art Center lobby.
In organizing the exhibition, curator Maya Allison found resonance among different media along aesthetic lines, rather than any stylistic split between "new media" work and traditional visual work. The decorative, chandelier-like robots of Paul Myoda share a "kaleidoscopic" quality with Daniel Stupar's Mandala wall sculpture and Leslie Thornton's Binocular video montage; while the the richly colored, semi-abstract paintings of Wendy Edwards and Elise Ansel offer a counterpoint to Butch Rovan's stylized black and white video study of a dancer. They, in turn, resonate with the humanist concerns evident in the prints of Ian Gonsher