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Release: Oct. 3, 2002
UI Carver College Of Medicine To Honor MERF Artwork By John Simon
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
will host an event marking the installation of "Channels" by acclaimed
digital artist John F. Simon, Jr. in the college's new Medical Education and
Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).
Simon will discuss his work at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the MERF auditorium,
followed by a reception to be held in the area by the artwork. The event is
free and open to the public.
"Channels" is a 116-foot long wall of vibrant blue and red acrylic
panels. Six large monitors, grouped in three pairs, are incorporated into
the art wall, displaying an ever-changing array of software-generated lines
and patterns. The work was created specifically for the MERF.
"I hope that 'Channels' will become an enjoyable environment for the
Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility both as an artery for pedestrians
moving through the hallway and as a stopping point to observe the variations
in the software. Anyone traveling the length of 'Channels' might first feel
the rhythm of the red line as it runs its course looping, drooping,
climbing and opening up to surround the big monitors. Each pair of monitors
reveals the activities of a small world where symmetry is the guiding physical
rule," Simon said in an artist's statement.
The Carver College of Medicine event coincides with "John F. Simon,
Jr.," the exhibition of 24 computer-based works by Simon currently being
shown at the UI Museum of Art. The exhibition runs through Oct. 20.
Simon is regarded as one of the leading practitioners and innovators in
digital art. A native of Louisiana, he learned to program while earning a
master's degree in earth and planetary science at Washington University in
St. Louis. He also holds a master's degree for the School of Visual Arts in
New York, where he later taught.
His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive, is open noon to
5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots
west and north of the museum.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services