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Garage Inventors Charles Lindsay, Rocket Brain, 2016

This exhibition features a 30-year span of work by artists who exemplify the ethos of Silicon Valley in the form of the genius “garage” inventor. Many of these artists have deep roots in the Bay Area, & they all channel a streak of “mad scientist” to experiment, discover, & innovate. Yet their works are more than high-tech marvels. Each of these artists harnesses their esoteric skills & knowledge to delve into existential conundrums & to explore the metaphysics of emotion, perception & consciousness. The ultimate pioneer in the genre of new media, Nam June Paik was a Korean American artist widely credited as the founder of video art & among the first artists to envision the radical implications of an ‘electronic super highway’ & cybernetics. He co-created the Abe-Paik video synthesizer in the 1960s, which became a key element in his future work involving altered TV sets reconfigured into cyborg sculptures & installations. An MIT-educated engineer based in San Francisco, Alan Rath builds electronic sculptures infused with uncannily life-like characteristics. Incorporating LCD screens & custom-designed robotic armatures, the works’ digital & mechanical movements are algorithmically generated sequences with an infinite progression of permutations. Jim Campbell received degrees in engineering & mathematics from MIT & has been based in San Francisco since 1980. His work probes the limits of perception with extremely low-resolution imagery through hand-made, LED-based sculptures. Campbell's work is unique in that his medium & message are inseparable: he uses technologies developed for information transfer & storage to explore human perception & memory. Tim Hawkinson received his BFA from San Jose State University before moving to Los Angeles. Hawkinson’s creative output channels the qualities of virtuoso tinkerer & prodigious alchemist. For this exhibition he has reconfigured a bicycle into a whistle that plays notes encoded in the notches of the bike’s rear-wheel tread pattern. Stanford Art Professor Gail Wight works primarily in sculpture, video, interactive media & print to construct biological allegories that tease out the impacts of life sciences on the living: human, animal, & other. The interplay between art & biology, theories of evolution, cognition & the animal state-of-being are themes that are central to her investigations. Born in San Francisco, Charles Lindsay began his career as an exploration geologist & is currently the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute’s Artist-In-Residence Director. His multi-disciplinary practice involves immersive environments, sound installations, & sculptures built from salvaged aerospace & bio-tech equipment, photographs & videos. Based in Brooklyn, Rachel Sussman recently completed a critically acclaimed, decade-long project, "The Oldest Living Things in the World," that combines art, science, & philosophy into a traveling exhibition & New York Times bestselling book. In her latest project, working with SpaceX, NASA, & CERN, Sussman has created a 100-foot long, handwritten timeline of the universe that begins before the Big Bang & extends 10 to the 100 billion years into the future.