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At MCLA Gallery 51: Erin Ko: 'We are the Music Makers'

07/18/2011

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Opening on Thursday, July 28, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present "We Are the Music Makers," a solo show by Erin Ko. The exhibition is part of DownStreet Art, an initiative of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 28, 6-9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Through a variety of tech-infused mediums, Ko combines various traditions and mythologies with science fiction as a means of looking at contemporary culture's state of being caught somewhere between the two.

"Future and ancient, natural and artificial, seductive and scary; our strange and modern lives are driven by juxtaposition and synthesis," according to Ko. "To live in the 'now' is to live in a strange and surreal state of being. Reality has subsumed fantasy, life imitates art and vice-versa with a whole new level of intensity; a roller coaster feedback loop. There is no such thing as science fiction; all our stories, dreams, beliefs are simultaneously true and entirely delusional."

Ko, who has spent recent years traveling abroad, now resides in North Adams, Mass. Her interests lie in combining traditional art-making methods with new ones to achieve unique process and result. For this recent body of work, Ko augmented reality in conjunction with real-world collage and sculpture. The work a suite of images that utilize qr codes, commonly found on a wide variety of advertising. These codes allow smart phone users to acquire more information from various printed media.

Art enthusiasts are invited to bring their friends and/or smart devices for better enjoyment of the show.

"We Are the Music Makers" opens in conjunction with DownStreet Art Thursday, a citywide celebration of the arts that happens throughout the summer every last Thursday of the month. This event will include gallery exhibition openings, street musicians and specials at local businesses.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Ko's artwork, visit her Web site at www.erinkostudios.com.  "We Are the Music Makers" will remain on view through Sunday, Aug. 21.  MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, Develop North Adams, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The program is made possible through leading sponsorship support provided by Berkshire Bank, The Clark Art Institute, Excelsior Printing, Orbit Visual Graphic Design, Jarvis W. Rockwell, Scarafoni Reality and Williams College Museum of Art. Additional support is provided by: Adams Co-Operative Bank, Hoosac Bank, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, and The Sushi House.

The initiative was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the city as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA's visibility, but also to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer.  For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc.

For more information, call 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/Gallery51.