For more than 30 years, Professor Stephen Wilson was widely respected at SF State and beyond for his innovative drive and intellectual curiosity, as it pertained to art and technology. To pay homage to his work and legacy, the Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibit that builds on Professor Wilson’s ideas and writings and includes diverse works by several well-known West Coast artists. This interactive exhibit includes motion-activated sculpture, walk-through “environments,” performance events, a panel discussion and more.
“SmARTspace” features work by four pre-eminent West Coast artists who work at the interface of art and technology: Jim Campbell, Maggie Orth, Alan Rath and Gail Wight.
Wilson proposed “SmARTspace” based on artists featured in his books “Art and Science Now” (Thames and Hudson, 2010) and “Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science and Technology” (The MIT Press, 2003). Conceived by Wilson, the exhibit is organized by Paula Levine, Mark Johnson and Sharon Bliss with the assistance of students from San Francisco State University’s Art Department. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of Steve Wilson’s work as a teacher, artist, writer and thinker while commemorating the one-year anniversary of his death.