The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of the visual art exhibition Digital Hand, featuring works created by students participating in a course exploring the sculptural possibilities of digital fabrication taught by Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art at the Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA). On view April 25-May 25, 2014, at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery, the exhibition, made possible by The Penn State Center Pittsburgh, opens during the Trust's Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, April 25, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
A sculpture course offered annually, Digital Hand seeks to examine digital fabrication techniques and embed them within more established methods of producing and experiencing objects and installations. Digital fabrication processes open an imaginative space in which the full potential of digital design techniques can move from the screen into a physical state with mass, materiality, and presence. The creative space where the actual and the virtual meet is a continuously changing landscape in which artists must hybridize processes not seen before with techniques that have remained unchanged for millennia.
"Participants in the course represent a diverse mix of art and design disciplines, including sculpture, painting, architecture, new media, ceramics, and photography," says Graeme Sullivan, director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts. "The artwork exhibited in Digital Hand takes us to this meeting place where questions are raised, ideas floated, and the imagination let loose."