The Galveston Arts Center will present two new exhibitions in conjunction with the 2018 FotoFest Biennial from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 3 at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.
In the first floor gallery, AnnieLaurie Erickson’s “Into the Digital Mesh” will be on display, and on the second floor 1878 and Brown Foundation galleries, Paho Mann and Leigh Merrill’s exhibition “Collections, Keepsakes, Souvenirs” will be featured. Both exhibitions will remain on view through April 15.
Erickson’s “Into the Digital Mesh” includes photographic works from her ongoing Data Shadows series, which examines the traces of information we leave behind as we traverse the digital sea of the internet. Traveling to every Google Data Center in the United States and Europe, and visiting the largest data facilities of Apple and Facebook, Erickson documents the massive infrastructure that houses our data, juxtaposing their unremarkable exteriors with their brightly colored and tangled interiors. Erickson’s work offers a symbolic gesture of “counterveillence,” illuminating the locations holding our data through photographs that peer back into to the global scale of technology that surveils our digital lives.
In “Collections, Keepsakes, Souvenirs,” Mann and Merrill investigate our personal and cultural relationships to the objects we collect and environments we inhabit, while addressing ideas of value, memory, and desire. Observation, photographic representation and the role of contemporary photographic technologies are central to their individual practices. Through photography, video and 3D imaging technologies, Mann examines the objects we own and consume to find evidence of our identity and culture. Merrill seamlessly combines thousands of images taken of the urban landscape to create digitally simulated environments that occupy the fine border between the real and the imagined. Her images explore the construction of desire, fiction and beauty in our urban landscapes and what she describes as “a culture of perpetual longing.”
Admission is free and open to the public, and more information can be found at www.galvestonartscenter.org.