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"Deena des Rioux: Robotic Portraiture"
2001-02-08 until 2001-04-15
Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst, IL, USA United States of America

A touring solo exhibition of computer works by the New York artist is being featured this season at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126, February 8 to April 22, 2001. The twenty images that mix robotic influence with multi-cultural reference are generated as 18 large format photographs and two computer ink-jet prints in a range of dimensions. The artist will be present for the reception on Sunday, March 25, 2 to 4pm.

COLLECTIONS AND CAREER HIGHLIGHTS As 1996 signals the 50th year of the ENIAC computer in Philadelphia, des Rioux's Disk Drive triptych is on view by invitation in tribute to the first-ever artificial intelligence developed at University of Pennsylvania, Moore School of Engineering. In marking the moment with acquisition of her work, the university joins the artist's list of collections highlighted by the Milwaukee Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, New York Public Library, International Centre of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, National Centre of Fine Arts, Giza, Egypt, and at her alma mater, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.

Beyond training at home in New England, and after courses of study in art and French at RISD and Brown University, the artist expands her knowledge of both disciplines with a year abroad at the University of Paris. A 1980 move from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the Chelsea section of Manhattan marks a change in her acrylic canvas paintings of figurative subjects in altered states. A further shift in her work begins to push the limits in 1987 when experiments with industrial silver stamping layered onto large format serigraphy produce her Primitive Robot series. By 1989 at the advent of compatible technology, she brings her developing concepts into the digital mode. A contemporary approach to the new photo-based computer genre links her enthusiasm for science fiction and ancient artifacts with modern periods of Futurism, Dada and the Surreal. From the outset, her hybrid imagery of human and electronic components gains immediate recognition through competitive and invitational showings at Biennials and Triennials in Spain, Latvia, Slovenia, Poland, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan and the USA. In mid-2001, a selection from her portfolio will appear in Computer Print National, a first definitive survey of the medium organized for debut at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and for tour thereafter. East coast agent for the artist‚s work is Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia / New York.

With private and public sponsorship 1994 to 2002, des Rioux's national solo tours appear at the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Grants Pass Museum of Art in Oregon, Hockaday Museum of Art in Montana, and Zanesville Art Center in Ohio. Through the agency of the Polish International Graphic Triennale in 1997, her solo tour abroad circulates to museums in Bytom and Krakow. Complementing activity for her work are a Y2K interview on National Public Radio and illustrated reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sunday Star-Ledger (NJ) and in 1999 and 2000 for the Sunday New York Times.

Deena des Rioux,
64 Pins, 1997

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