April 5 – May 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 22, 7 pm
In 20XX Future Guaranteed and ambi-mimetics, artists Joshua Haycraft and Ryan Hoover ask viewers to imagine a future not unlike the present: a future replete with wonder and terrible possibility, a future in which biological materials are 3D printed and consumer products promise paths to spiritual redemption.
Joshua Haycraft imagines the future through BHBITB, a virtual culture seven years in the making with a unique history, religion, and government system that is given form through animated video and sculpture. In 20XX Future Guaranteed Haycraft maps out the lifestyle of BHBITB through an Ikea-like showroom featuring the furnishings and material trappings of the average denizen. Outfitted with interactive entertainment, food products, and a space dedicated to spiritual reflection, Haycraft details the preoccupations, desires, and fears of a culture through its material products; a foreign futuristic culture that is eerily reminiscent of our own.
In ambi-mimetics, Ryan Hoover explores the grey area between science, technology and art through 3D printed objects that simulate nature. An extension of his work in 3D printed biological materials, Hoover’s tree-like sculptures and drawings are given their physical form using a written algorithm that mimics the nucleotides of DNA. This complex series of mimicry opens up a dialogue about collapsing and compounding simulations. Hoover writes, “As the limits to what we can make and manipulate fall away like calving glaciers, our ethical responsibilities and our need to imagine the future become even more profound.”
A current Hamiltonian Fellow, Joshua Haycraft earned his MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. He has exhibited both internationally and across the United States with solo shows at School 33 in Baltimore, MD and University of Maine- Farmington. He was selected as a resident for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013 and has been a Sondheim Semi-Finalist for the past three years.
A Hamiltonian Fellow in 2010, Ryan Hoover received his MFA from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. He was most recently featured in Mera Rubell’s exhibition Baltimore Artists + WPA + Mera Rubell = LOVE at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY andLanded at Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Hoover was awarded a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant in 2013 and was a 2012 Sondheim Semi-Finalist. He works and lives in Baltimore, MD where he is the Director of Fabrication Studios at the Maryland Institute College of Art.