Hancock - April 12, 2009
A large gathering of art enthusiast  gathered at the   Kerredge Gallery at the Copper Country Community Arts Center Thursday evening. The group came to the reception that was held for artist Yueh-mei Cheng whose  New Media Installation opened on  April 7th.  The installation is really excellent, but the work also speaks to the fantastic talent of the artist.  This writer has come to believe that 1) Yueh-mei can accomplish anything well, very well, and 2) our community (the western U.P.) is really lucky to have such an artist living here,  and 3) the students at Finlandia are the most fortunate of all. Yeuh-mei is an Associate Professor of Studio Arts for the School of Art & Design at Finlandia University.
The press release describes New Media art as creative projects that make use of emerging media technologies such as digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, and interactive art technologies. Their aim is to explore the cultural, political, and aesthetic possibilities of these tools.

The genre emerged in the 1990s as the Internet and electronic communication methods began to pervade modern society. New Media projects are often completed in collaboration with other artists.

Cheng says her multi-media installation places each visitor in a unique position to play his/her own mind game of 3D visual chess. Derived from her meditative experiences, "TIME. SPACE. BEING" creates images that echo the existential reality of meditation.
Cheng adds that in art, time, space, and beings are interwoven and inseparable. She says that in this art installation, one's internal vision is represented by pictographic images and metaphoric symbols.
The letters of the alphabet become beings that live beyond the ordinary dimensions of perception, invoking the ancient mystics. The viewer's sense of time and space is influenced externally by the artist's imagined appearance of form, color, light, and sound.

As previously stated the exhibit is a combination of senses . Yeuh-mei has designed three dimensional lettering and masks. The masks might be described as bas-relief (pronounced bah-ri-leef) the  most subtle piece in this exhibition is the “talking mask”. This exciting exhibit  must be "experienced"  and you can do just that by visiting the exhibit which will be open through April 30th.
To create the installation, Cheng is collaborating with artists Aaron Radzwilowicz, sound design, Jonathan Soper, computer animation, Donica Dravillas, glass design, and Karl Larson, electrical support.

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