Paul Myoda | GLITTERING MACHINES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE > September 1, 2013

PAUL MYODA
GLITTERING MACHINES

PAUL MYODA | "Glittering Machines"

Glittering Machine (detail) aluminum, acrylic, PLA, high power LEDs, microprocessor, circuit

October 17 – November 17, 2013

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 17, 5PM – 9PM
Gallery Night Providence

Gallery Hours:
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Other days by appointment

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present “Glittering Machines”, an installation of interactive illuminating sculptures that respond to the presence of viewers, by Chepachet-based sculptor Paul Myoda. “Glittering Machines” opens Thursday, October 17, 2013, during Gallery Night Providence.

Since 2008, Myoda has been working on cybernetic sculptures, which are dynamic, interactive works of art that investigate and borrow from various biological systems (i.e., communicational, behavioral, and environmental). In an age where the screen mediates every single one of our computing experiences, the field of cybernetic sculpture is in a break-out moment. Myoda states the basis for this claim: “The graphic user interfaces that allow us to interact with our computers and other electronic devices are beginning to feel too narrow, too constricting, too separating, too disembodied. Sculpture demands an awareness of the material qualities and symbolic potential of objects and spaces.”

The design of “Glittering Machines” is informed by bioluminescent fauna, crystal morphology and computational geometry. An example of hybrid arts practice and cybernetic sculpture, the series bridges the disconnections and eases the anxieties of the post-industrial world through affect, presence and responsive gesture.

“In addition to having different structures, motions, lights and lenses, all of the Glittering Machines have different circuits and coding, giving each sculpture a different interactive potential or behavioral attitude,” explains Myoda. “These attitudes range from predictability to spontaneity, the propensity to attract or repulse a viewer, and that to camouflage or reveal.”

Behind Myoda’s multi-faceted sculptural project is the passionate conviction that exploring different ways for computation to exist and interact physically in our world will combat this century’s version of alienation. His work does this beautifully and with an engineer’s attention to intricate detail and functional potential.

The opening reception for “Glittering Machines” is Thursday, October 17, from 5PM – 9PM during Gallery Night Providence. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, November 17, 2013. Myoda’s works are part of the collections of the Queens Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami and the Library of Congress. He has recently had solo exhibitions at the Dorsch Gallery in Miami and the Project 4 Gallery in Washington, DC. This is his first exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery.

About Paul Myoda
PAUL MYODA is a sculptor based in the woods of Chepachet, Rhode Island. Myoda is inspired by the underlying logic and mathematical principles of the natural world and applies them to his work with new media, technology and industrial materials. The result is compositions of light, motion, and form that find a balance and a beauty between the organic and the built. Regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally, his sculptures and installations are known for their elegance and their expression of organic forces through artificial materials and systems.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University, Myoda is recognized as an artist, designer, critic and educator. Based in NYC from 1990-2006, Myoda was represented by the Friedrich Petzel Gallery, and was co-founder of Big Room, an art production and design collective in New York City. He was also a contributor to Art in America, Flash Art and Frieze. He is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Warhol Foundation and Howard Foundation, among others. In 2001 he participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views Program and had a studio on the 91st floor of WTC I. In March of 2002 he co-created the Tribute in Light in memory of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, which has since become an annual installation. He was an adjunct professor at The City College of New York and has been an assistant professor in Brown University’s Visual Art Department since 2006.

Myoda’s most recent work, Glittering Machines, is a series of interactive illuminating sculptures that respond to the presence of viewers. Their design is informed by bioluminescent fauna, crystal morphology and computational geometry. An example of hybrid arts practice and cybernetic sculpture, the series bridges the disconnections and eases the anxieties of the post-industrial world through affect, presence and responsive gesture. His works are part of the collections of the Queens Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami and the Library of Congress. He has recently had solo exhibitions at the Dorsch Gallery in Miami and the Project 4 Gallery in Washington, DC. He will have a solo exhibition in the fall of 2013 at the Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence, RI.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery strives to foster modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging and mid-career artists in the United States and abroad. We aspire to exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and a percentage from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, or to schedule an interview with PAUL MYODA, please contact Vanphouthon Souvannasane at +1 917 655 1497 or via e-mail at van@yellowperilgallery.com.