Threshold by Allison Urban

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Graduate multimedia artist Allison Urban has sent us images from her gallery installation called Threshold.

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The installation consists of two back lit geometric structures on either side of a room that form a pathway in between.

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Threshold was part of Urban's thesis project and was on display at the University of Washington in June.

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Photographs are by Julia Bruk.

Here is some more text from Allison Urban:

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In her gallery installation, Threshold, Allison Urban explores opposing epochs in human evolution, past and future, using architecture and language design to create an environment that at once feels archaic and futuristic.

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Drawing aesthetic reference from universally emergent patterns in our geological, biological and computational histories, Urban crafted a structure that seems to span from our earliest days as cave-dwellers, to the future worlds of our Utopian science fiction.

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Lines of lights emanating from a hidden source wash onto the installation room walls, amplifying the geometric aesthetic of the two main structural components positioned on either side.

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The negative space between the structural components implies a pathway, heightening the viewer's natural inclination to investigate the source of the light.

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Urban utilizes this inclination, sending the viewer on an exploratory arc, ending with a reveal of the light's source as esoteric patterns.

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Although written in an impenetrable language of light patterns, the series of backlit inscriptions seem to suggest an embedded communication system, a re-evaluation of our communicative origins, as if our early history was re-mediated through technology; a past future or future past.

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The overall result is a space that resonates with a sense of fractured temporality and esoteric acuity.

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Threshold was completed for Urban's BFA thesis. It was on display last month as part of a student exhibition for the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media

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Allison Urban graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Experimental Media, where she studied experimental video, digital sound synthesis and mechatronics. She is interested in exploring the fusion of experimental literature, architecture and cinema in art and design.

  • final

    While the installation is very beautiful, its explanation sounds like complete bullshit to me…

  • http://www.unruly.ca Katy McDevitt

    Very compelling. I’d love to walk through that. It’s like an arctic landscape and there are few things more beautiful than that, for my money

    Wish I knew what materials the artist had used.

  • mmm

    agree with final. While spoil the result with so many pretentious words?

  • modular

    Superman’s house. And yes, the explanation is rubbish, lol…

  • hj

    with such a last name, I would like to see this applied at a larger scale.

  • http://www.huelsta-studio.ro Ianos

    It looks and feels like a threshold, very good.

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    It looks like there is some kind of super power. This creation must have taken a long time. Keep it up. Nice pictures.
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  • J-

    Absolutely gorgeous stuff. While the explanation is wordy, I think this seems to hit the nail on the head:

    “Although written in an impenetrable language of light patterns, the series of backlit inscriptions seem to suggest an embedded communication system…”

    Nice to see artworks actually concerned with establishing their own internal logic. Nicely done!

  • Bob-L

    Beautiful piece. Where can one see the installation now? I am sure pictures don’t capture all the emotional levels of the actual art.

  • http://areyouanevilgenius.blogspot.com evilgenius

    Agree with the wordiness. Not necessary, in fact, a sentence reading “Angles and caves are kewl” would have sufficed.

  • bodkin

    It’s lovely to look at but I was a little disappointed when I saw the picture with the people in as i thought it was a lot bigger, it has a nice scaleless quality to it.

    Make a bigger one, it would be great! And use less words, there really is no need

  • SL

    Very nice installation, reminds me of “Rama” by Arthur C. Clarke. The words are strong as well. Pressure for an artist to be simple-minded must be filed under ignore. Creativity without pretense rapidly flourishes into boredom.

    • shogunn

      Quite true…an artist's logic is what spurs on their creativity…

  • Jared

    “The words are strong as well. Pressure for an artist to be simple-minded must be filed under ignore. Creativity without pretense rapidly flourishes into boredom.”

    Well said.

  • Rothsta

    Breathtaking! The explanation rocks too! We should commission you to do our new office!

  • yrag

    Pretty cool as a set design.