Local Buzz: Axiom Gallery
A big part of the excitement of SIGGRAPH is seeing the effect our community has on a given locale and experiencing the city hosting us, which this year was Boston. I found myself across the river in Cambridge at a local art gallery focused on showcasing new media, and launching their first curated exhibition in honor of SIGGRAPH, and was not let down.
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Anyone who has been to SIGGRAPH knows it's all about flyers and viral marketing, and I found myself with a beautifully designed flyer in hand for Axiom Gallery's first curated exhibition, "Capturing Time and Space", which, per the Axiom website, "features work from internationally renowned artists Michael Rees, Kenneth Huff, Nell Breyer and Henry Kaufman in a show that captures 2d, 3d, and 4d in the form of prints, sculptures, animations and interactive installation. Each artist uses innovative, emerging technologies to create unique works that demonstrate how dimensions, time and space, can be captured in art form." If that isn't a SIGGRAPH-worthy mouthful, I don't know what is.
Flyer and Google Map in hand on July 31, I snagged one of the local Boston ACM Chapter guys who was working with this year's reports team and set out to see what all the buzz was about, and I'm not talking about the glass of wine I was handed by Bonnie Mitchell, this year's Art Gallery chair, when I showed up. After about an hour of scrambling around, we were directed by someone at a bus stop to a pizzerie who had been distributing flyers, and they pointed us in the general direction, where we found a poster of Kenneth Huff's piece, "Putto", matching the aforementioned flyer in hand.
Having reached our destination and, as mentioned, grabbing a glass of wine and some cheese or something, we started to take in the scene, which was full of SIGGRAPH-eriffic artwork of all flavors, including an interactive installation by Henry Kaufman, pictured at left.