Parallel Circuits, an exhibition at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery

Parallel Circuits, an exhibition at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery

03 Dec 2012    

Parallel Circuits, an exhibition running from December 10 to January 18, 2013, at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, evolved from the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design Graduate Seminar course Design Perspectives and Issues. With anemphasis on the evolution of Do It Yourself culture and advancements in technology, students explored the DIY culture examining historical and contemporary texts, including how to instructional magazines, online video tutorials, and personal experimentation. Students learned how to create soft circuits, dissect electronic devices, and investigate new technology like muscle wire and conductive thread.

This exhibition features work by students, faculty and invited artists, emphasizing the importance of the senses: sight, hearing, and touch. Professor Wendy Weiss directed the seminar. Participating students are: Adrienne Anderson, Omaha; Samuel Berner, Rockville, Maryland; Gregory Scott Cook, Murray, Kentucky; Lindsay Ducey, Omaha; Molly J. McPherson, Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania, with additional work by Bryan Day, Jay Kreimer and Wendy Weiss.

Gregory Scott Cook merges pieces of his personal history, hidden information, and tactile familiarity to create an installation that allows the viewer to manipulate field-recorded sound. Sam Berner’s paintings invite interaction with the audience using electronics to animate the painting itself. Music is the focus of Lindsay Ducey’s work. She incorporates electronics into textiles to produce sound through fabric speakers. Adrienne Anderson uses white-work to feature electroluminescent wire couched into traditional motifs applied to a white jacket of her design. Molly McPherson’s traditional embroidery techniques are blended with current technology in a multi part piece exploring public commentary.

The collection will be exhibited at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, December 10, 2012 to January 18, 2013. The gallery will hold an artist reception Friday, January 11th, from 6-8 p.m. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Human Sciences Building , East Campus of the University of Nebraska. The Friends of the Gallery generously support the exhibition program. All events are free and open to the public. For more information call 402-472-2911. Guest parking slots are available near the building and metered stalls are located in the East Campus Union lot.


College of Education and Human Sciences
Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design