Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Augmented Landscapes: Grace Grothaus

For an international biennial and the Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma exhibition, Grace Grothaus has developed an A.R. (augmented reality) smartphone application with her mixed media and painted landscape images. 

The app is designed to replace the digital representation of an image as captured through our smartphone cameras with her painted version of the scene. Visitors to the exhibition may take a tour of the neighborhood with their own smartphones or a printed map to view the pieces.  
Grace Grothaus, sample of smartphone application, 2012
"In our lifetimes an indelible shift from raw life to life virtually interpreted has taken place. This situates us at a liminal moment in history. The city, being a physical manifestation of our collective aspirations and our digital tools, is beginning to reflect these shifts," Grothaus said. 

Grothaus has been exhibiting multimedia art for over a decade. She has received grants & awards from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Council, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her work has been featured in This Land Press, OETA, and Yahoo.com. 

This year marks her first International exhibition, the World Creativity Biennale in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is represented by the MA Doran Gallery and JRB Art at the Elms. What excites Grothaus most about her artworks are their ability to speak about the complex and beautiful world around us. 

Read more in this Art Focus Oklahoma magazine article about the Focus artists.  The Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma exhibition opens December 16, 1-5 pm at the new Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council’s Hardesty Arts Center. Through a partnership with the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Focus artists will also present their work at the La Esquina gallery in Kansas City. See www.concept-ok.org for more information. 

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