UNM Alumni Collaborates with Local Venue to Bring New Immersive Art Exhibit to Life: UNM Newsroom
A former UNM student brings more than 20 years of her art to life in a new interactive show opening this week at local experiential entertainment venue and creative arts studio, Electric Playhouse.
Artist Lea Anderson says each piece in the ‘MICRODOSE’ exhibit will be active, ultimately creating an open space for all sorts of interpretations, both fantastical and familiar.
“For some of the pieces, I considered some possibilities and provided sketches and digital files of my works, and the creative coders interpreted my ideas and we developed them in a back-and-forth creative process,” said said Anderson. “We collectively create a playful visual chemistry of art that has physical, mental and creative impact.”
Anderson says each piece moves, melts, morphs or evolves through the combination of handmade artwork and the creative coding process. MICRODOSE includes new mixed-media designs specifically for the pieces in the exhibition, while combining a wide range of Anderson’s sculptures, paintings, drawings, collages and installations.
Anderson, a 2006 graduate of UNM, says inspiration for MICRODOSE comes from microbiology, marine life, fungi, and a vast array of natural patterns and shapes.
“Many of my works have personal meaning to me and relate to my own life story, but each viewer can walk away with their own unique interpretation,” she said.
She said the name, ‘MICRODOSE’ recognizes the show’s not-so-subtle psychedelic visual component, filled with bright colors, soft outlines and oozing textures, as well as the positive, healing properties and creative inspiration that can be enhanced. by experiencing art.
“‘Micro’ meaning ‘small’ and ‘dose’ meaning ‘gift’ combine etymologically to mean ‘little gifts’, what MICRODOSE ideas are, healing gifts of inspiration and wonder”, a-t she declared.
And according to Anderson, Electric Playhouse was the perfect venue to showcase this show.
CTO Eric Yakley says the 24,000 square foot venue is a creative canvas for artists.
“It’s a next-generation entertainment venue, heavily projected and enabled with sensors that put customers in control of the experience,” Yakley said. “Electric Playhouse has fifteen experiential zones to explore and three projection-mapped party rooms. It’s a destination to play, party, dance, sing, eat, hang out and celebrate.”
He says MICRODOSE is the culmination of a year of working with Anderson to really explore the potential of the place.
“This is a celebration of a partnership that promotes a truly innovative and talented local artist,” he said. “Conceived, designed and built in Burque, Electric Playhouse is a proud part of the local arts community.”
MICRODOSE opens on Friday July 8. Tickets can be purchased here.