Artist Tibi Chelcea’s work will be on display at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery at Wartburg College from March 7 through April 4.
The “Electronic Drift” exhibition is free and open to the public. An artists’ reception will take place on Friday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m.
Throughout his career as an engineer, Chelcea has seen his fair share of technology. Her artwork uses these objects in a way that they weren’t mass-produced, emphasizing their physical beauty. Through printmaking, drawing, and painting, these works allude to serial design, consumer issues, and automated or labor-intensive processes.
Using scientific concepts drawn from his engineering background, as well as strategies such as scale distortion and time scaling, Chelcea’s art places these objects in new and atypical historical contexts.
“In ‘Electronic Drift’, Chelcea’s works invite people to appreciate all this hidden technology not just as something utilitarian, but also aesthetic, and to reconsider the speed of life that these electronic products allow by placing these electronic devices on radically different timescales,” said Johann Kramer-Weston, gallery director and exhibitions manager.
Located on the first floor of the Bachman Fine Arts Center at Wartburg College, guests are invited to explore the show during daily hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests are also invited to follow the gallery on Instagram (@waldemarschmidtgallery) for exhibition information and gallery content. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wartburg.edu/gallery.