“Drag & Logged Sculptures + Noise Drawings”
By Lynn Lieu
I remember when going to school meant packing a backpack with a large binder and three or four even larger text books. Gone are those days. These days, carrying three large textbooks simply means uploading them on your iPad or Kindle before you enter an area without Wi-Fi—God forbid. Don’t get me wrong—I love technology. I not only let it invade my life, I welcomed it with open arms. In his first solo project, Michael Shroads presents two ongoing bodies of work in “Drag & Logged + Noise Drawings” commissioned as part of the Culver Arts Research Laboratory Residency program. Bridging our natural and digital worlds, Shroads presents his Hello Wood series, a pun on the computer protocol “hello world.” This series features sculptures surrounding Shroad’s ventures between the natural and digital environments of our everyday. In Noise Drawings, Shroads showcases a series of works on paper. Noise Drawings are essentially digital outputs of a program written by the artist in the Processing Development Environment Open Source Software. I guess if we’re going to live with technology, we might as well understand it.
Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-3755; culvercenter.ucr.edu. Gallery hours: Tue-Sun, 12pm-5pm; first Thurs Arts Walk, 6pm-9pm; first Sun, 1pm-4pm.