VIRTUAL VIEWS: DIGITAL ART FROM THE THOMA FOUNDATION
Knoxville Museum of Art / 1050 World's Fair Park Dr. February 3 - April 16th
Drawn from the extensive Chicago-based collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma, Virtual Views explores the growing importance of electronic new media in contemporary art as seen in the work of artists who are pioneers in the use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes), LCD (liquid crystal display), and computer-driven imagery. The exhibition features a variety of electronic works each of which presents a paradox—it is comprised of synthetic materials and powered by digital technology, yet the rhythms and patterns of its imagery are derived from nature. The featured artists include Adam Belt, Jim Campbell, Craig Dorety, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Alan Rath, Björn Schülke, and Leo Villareal. Organized by the KMA and presented in conjunction with the Big Ears 2017 music festival.