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TIME. SPACE. BEING.

A "New Media" Installation by Yueh-mei Cheng at Community Arts Center April 7 to 30

April 2, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - Artist Yueh-mei Cheng will create a spatial-temporal chess board in the Kerredge Gallery at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, this April.

Yueh-mei Cheng ImageThe New Media installation, titled "TIME. SPACE. BEING." will be on display from April 7 to 30.

An opening reception for the artist will take place at the Community Arts Center Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

New Media art describes 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.

Yueh-mei Cheng Image2Cheng 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.

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.

Yueh-mei Cheng is an associate professor of studio arts at Finlandia University. Her most recent book, "Visual Chess" (2008), is closely related to the topics of this installation.

For additional information, please contact the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 906-482-2333.

Photo cutlines:  Untitled images from the multi-media art installation, "TIME. SPACE. BEING" created by Yueh-mei Cheng and collaborators