MIXED REALITIES: THE WORK OF JOSEPH DELAPPE
DIGITAL MEDIA by Joseph DeLappe, Reno
October 7 – November 29, 2013
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, November 14, 2013 5-7:30pm. Artist Talk at 6:15pm
The artwork featured in Mixed Realities: The Work of Joseph DeLappe, is based in DeLappe’s belief that it is essential, as an artist and citizen of the world, to engage in and challenge the norms and expectations of the digital present and the larger cultural context. DeLappe explains, “I seek to forge connections, explore the thoughtful processing of information, and develop exigencies that inform, provoke and question. Throughout the work I seek to find a synthesis between conflicting processes and ideas: analog/digital, concept/happenstance, physical/virtual, politics/art - all with a dedicated consideration and questioning of contemporary technologies and artistic practice.”
A professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, DeLappe directs the Digital Media program (Digital Media Studio at UNR). The exhibit features the project “dead-in-iraq” where DeLappe type consecutively all names of America's military casualties from the war in Iraq into the America's Army first person shooter online recruiting game. Also on display is the iraqimemorial.org project, an ongoing web-based exhibition and an open call for proposed memorials to the many thousands of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. In 2013, DeLappe rode a specially equipped bicycle to draw a 460 mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to surround an area that would be large enough to create a solar farm that could power the entire United States.
DeLappe has lectured throughout the world regarding his work, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His works have been featured in the New York Times, The Australian Morning Herald, Artweek, Art in America and in the 2010 book published by Routledge entitled Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Game. DeLappe is the recipient of two Artist Fellowships in 1996 and 2000.
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