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IAP in Hill Country Observer 2014–2015

HILL COUNTRY OBSERVER
December 2014 – January 2015

Modern landscapes, digitally refracted
Exhibit showcases a pioneer of using computers in visual art

By JOHN SEVEN
Contributing writer
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.

Works by Anne Morgan Spalter, who wrote a widely used textbook on the use of computers in the visual arts, are the focus of a new exhibit at the Independent Art Projects gallery in North Adams.

In Anne Morgan Spalter’s world, physical structures take on spiritual dimensions literally. The artist uses her own customized computer software to transform the architectural structures of humankind into even more precise constructs. Using mosaic patterns that build on design concepts in Muslim art, her software reveals what the human eye can never see on its own.

Spalter’s work is the focus of a new show, “Modern Renaissance” that opened Nov. 22 and runs through Jan. 4, presented by CYNTHIA-REEVES at the Independent Art Projects gallery, at 1315 Mass MoCA Way in North Adams. “Modern Renaissance” comprises different bodies of work, including several pieces that use a cathedral in Prague and others that use aerial footage of Manhattan combined with images from the Hieronymus Bosch painting “City of Earthly Delights.”

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Photo credit: Martina Caruso