Making Innovation: Artists, Engineers, and the Sarnoff Collection, The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ

February 7 - April 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 7, 5:00-7:00pm
Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, February 21,4:00-5:00pm in AIMM 104

Join us at the TCNJ Art Gallery on the first floor of the AIMM Building and the Sarnoff Collection on the second floor of Roscoe West Hall on February 7 through April 1, 2018 for a collaborative experience.

TCNJ is home to the David Sarnoff Collection, a small but significant museum of artifacts that document the history of communication and electronics in the 20th century. Making Innovation: Artists, Engineers, and the Sarnoff Collection will bring together intriguing objects from the Sarnoff Collection — from vacuum tubes to computer chips to paintings on circuit boards — and the work of contemporary artists. Through the Collection and the history it documents, this exhibition will explore both corporate culture and the culture of invention and innovation that resulted in technologies that transformed the world and continue to impact contemporary life.

The exhibition will include artifacts from the Sarnoff Collection. Artists represented in the exhibition will include: Clarence Holbrook Carter, Philip J. Cianci, S. Hammer, Pietro Montana, and Vladimir Zworykin, best known as one of the pioneers of television, and will feature newly commissioned work from artist-in-residence with the Sarnoff Collection Imin Yeh and New Jersey artist Sandra Erbacher.

Through her painstakingly crafted, obsessively detailed paper reproductions of collection artifacts, Imin Yeh defeats the utility of the objects, and draws attention to the human labor behind them. Yeh’s work is primarily concerned with disclosing the invisible labor and production that goes into everyday consumable items we often overlook and quickly discard. Yeh is in interdisciplinary and project-based artist, working in sculpture, installation, interactive events, and print, where her process involves repetitive handcraft labor to mimic real-life conditions.

Artist Sandra Erbacher uses objects and materials typically associated with institutional spaces and offices to mount a sly, often humorous critique of corporate bureaucracy. Erbacher transforms familiar aspects of office life — the floor plans, texts, and objects designed to organize human activity and maximize efficiency — in ways that threaten to disrupt the institutional order.

For more information visit the TCNJ website