January 12 ÔÇô February 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 13, 1 ÔÇô 4pm

Our lives are awash in rhythms and cycles and the cadences that control our lives. Ebb & Flow considers the similarities between intimate and internal systems of the body and the very large macro systems found in environmental processes. On the very large scale there are cycles of plate tectonics or the tidal movements caused by the moon. On the internal and more intimate scale there are sequences that govern our bodies as found in our circulatory system or the circadian rhythms that govern our daily cycles.  As our technology has developed humans have either deliberately or inadvertently intervened and controlled these oscillations.  Globally, there has been an ongoing dialogue around the human disturbance of natural processes.  Ebb & Flow engages issues such as; regional and coastal flooding, glacial ice loss, consumption of natural resources and ultimately climate change.  Projects in this exhibition seek to mimic various natural processes and act as a catalyst toward a dialogue around our anthropomorphic foot print.  The use of robotics allows these artworks to act as surrogate performers that create durational compositions and explore these processes of transition and change. 

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Daniel Miller is an artist who creates generative works that investigate systems and ecologies in the contemporary landscape.  His artwork may employ the use of robotics, electronics, sound, video and light to investigate concept. Daniel Miller is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Technologies and Sculpture in The School of Art & Art History and he is also a member of the Public Digital Arts faculty cluster at University of Iowa.  He teaches sculpture courses that integrate robotics, mechanical fabrication and electronics. 

International Exhibitions include: ISEA 2017 Manizales Colombia; ISEA 2016 Hong Kong; iDEAS exhibition at International Digital Media Arts Association 2017 Conference, Washington DC; iDEAS exhibition at International Digital Media Arts Association 2016 Conference, Winona, MN; ISEA 2012 Albuquerque, ISEA 1997 Chicago; International Festival of Electronic Art 404, Basel, Switzerland and Trieste, Italy; Tweak, Interactive Art & Live Electronic Music Festival, Limerick, Ireland.   

National exhibitions include: Simulating Nature, solo exhibition, Cohen Gallery, Brown University, RI; Place, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Synthetic Zero, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY; Body and Machine 2016, Minneapolis, MN; SpotLight, Elmhurst Art Museum, IL; Faculty Biennial, Figge Museum, Davenport, IA; Objective/Subjective: Mapping, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL; Conflux, Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University at Mansfield, OH; KY.7 Biennial, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; Altered Landscapes, solo exhibition, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL; The Rockford Midwestern Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL; Ten, 10 year invitational exhibition, Soap Factory N.N.E., Minneapolis, MN; in::formation, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL; Interchange,  solo exhibition, Gallery One, Elgin Community College, Elgin IL. 

Mentioned in: ÔÇ£AnthropoceneÔÇØ, Issues in Science and Technology Spring 2018, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,  Vol. XXXIV, Number 3, pages 64-72. Information Arts, Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology.,  by Wilson, Stephen.  Leonardo, "in::formation, The Aesthetic use of Machine Beings, Vol. 33.;  The Chicago Reader "Technically Brilliant" by Fred Camper.  ASEF Culture 360, ÔÇ£ISEA Cultural R>evolutionÔÇØ, review by Hugh Davies, http://culture360.asef.org/magazine/international-symposium-of-electronic-art/ . 

Grants & Awards: Art and Humanities Initiative Grant 2017, University of Iowa; Old Gold Fellowship 2015, University of Iowa; Faculty Enrichment Grant 2012 & 2008, SAIC; CAAP Grant; Herman Miller Art Award; Holland Area Arts Council Award.