Marianne Fairbanks: Impractical Weaving Suggestions and Kevin Ponto: Protean Guise

January 22 – February 21, 2016

This side by side solo exhibition includes two innovative University of Wisconsin-Madison Design Studies faculty. The show encompasses the breadth of the department through the diverse work of Marianne Fairbanks and Kevin Ponto.

Marianne Fairbanks: Impractical Weaving Suggestions

Combining Minimalist influences and domestic weaving practices, the exhibit explores the relationships between the impracticality and practicality of form. The work acknowledges structures and effects embedded in the intersections of cloth that, because of their small scale, often go unseen and unconsidered. By inflating the scale, embedded layers of labor and sophisticated math-based systems are exposed. Wall weaving installations display magnified structures in a radical palette of neon plastic material, while drawings and jacquard weavings quietly pose questions of value, labor, and time.

Marianne Fairbanks is an artist, designer, curator, and an assistant professor in the Design Studies Department at UW-Madison. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including The Museum of Art and Design, NY, The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, and Museum London, Ontario.

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Kevin Ponto: Protean Guise

Continuing his investigation of interactive virtual realities, Ponto unveils a new installation that explores concepts of information, interaction and technology.  The work stretches between the boundaries of the digital and physical worlds, engaging audience members through interactive experiences.

Kevin Ponto is an assistant professor in the Design Studies Department at UW-Madison whose work spans the disciplines of art, science, engineering and design. He has received awards from Prix Ars Electronica in the category of hybrid art and an emerging artist award from Adobe.

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