The College of the Redwoods Creative Arts Gallery presents Cabin, an exhibition by Sacramento area artist Brad Starkey-Owens, opening September 5. It features an immersive multi-faceted installation which blends perceptions of the outdoor world, interior space, and digital media.
An artist lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 5 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Creative Arts Building, Room 113 followed by a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Creative Arts Gallery.
Using wood and plastic in combination with digital media, Starkey-Owens’s Cabin creates the illusion of a large life-sized shelter, typically seen outdoors, fully encapsulated within an interior space. The rustic and weathered exterior of Cabin leads viewers to an expansive interior digital experience which examines and challenges the intersection of technology with the natural outdoor world.
Cabin stems from Starkey-Owens’ interest in creating experimental work that engages both digital and natural worlds and conveys a narrative using both physical materials and simulated means. He states that, “in between verbal storytelling and virtual reality, humans have developed countless avenues to tell stories with varying levels of direction, engagement, and interaction. I aim to find which factors of each continue to remain relevant as technology allows us to move into more and more immersive, non-directed experiences.”
Starkey-Owens is an artist working in Vacaville, California. He received a Master’s Degree in Electronic Art in 2014 from Sacramento State. His content is often about storytelling itself, using the scenery of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest as a backdrop for self-examination and socio-political questions.
The exhibition will run from September 5 through 28. The gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. The Creative Arts Gallery at College of the Redwoods is located on the Eureka Main Campus, North Entrance. For more information, please call the Art Department office at (707) 476-4559.