Now exhibiting at TSU Gallery: Soft Rains by Jason Urban

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The Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery of Art proudly presents the second art exhibition of the Spring 2016 semester, Soft Rains, an exhibition featuring printmaker and multimedia artist Jason Urban.  The exhibition will be on view from February 15 – March 17, 2016. A special lecture featuring the artist will take place on March 2nd at 2pm in room 101.

Inspiration for exhibition comes from “There Will Come Soft Rains,” a chapter in his 1950 dystopian novel The Martian Chronicles, Raymond Bradbury describes an automated house in the year 2026. The house is devoid of inhabitants. This “home of the future” cooks, cleans and carries on unaware that its family has been victim of some manmade calamity. Somberly, the story ends with the destruction of the house.

This chapter is a jumping off point for a series of works called by Jason Urban called A Library for Soft Rains. He’s been using this chapter as a motif to explore the growing interdependency of analog and digital printed matter. The various pieces in the exhibit process the Bradbury story through a range of technologies from high to low tech. CNC routers, rapid prototyping, digital photography as well as simple relief printing are employed to create images and objects that are both complex and rudimentary in their origins. As an artist interested in printed matter, the library as a physical tool for distributing knowledge is of particular fascination to Urban.

Jason Urban is an artist, writer, and teacher living and working in Austin, TX. Originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Urban earned a BFA from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA and an MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. His prints, drawings, paintings and installations have been featured in numerous venues both nationally and internationally. Urban currently teaches Print and Foundations at the University of Texas at Austin.  As a supplement to both his research and teaching, Urban is part of the online collaborative, Printeresting.org. In 2011, Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation awarded Printeresting an ArtsWriters Grant.

Image details: A Library for Soft Rains, Digital Print, Polymer, Wood

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