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Fosdick-Nelson Gallery hosting 'Point Zero: Woody Vasulka'

Alfred University’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery is hosting Point Zero: Woody Vasulka, an exhibition celebrating the art and life of the late pioneering media artist Woody Vasulka. Highlighting Vasulka’s research and discoveries in electronic moving-image, Point Zero features original works and contemporary interpretations in multi-channel and single-channel video and sound in this all-video show.


ALFRED, NY (Sept. 2, 2020) – Alfred University’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery is hosting Point Zero: Woody Vasulka, an exhibition celebrating the art and life of the late pioneering media artist Woody Vasulka. Highlighting Vasulka’s research and discoveries in electronic moving-image, Point Zero features original works and contemporary interpretations in multi-channel and single-channel video and sound in this all-video show.

The exhibition has been curated by Eric Souther, Assistant Professor of Illustration and Design at Alfred University School of Art and Design. The Division of Expanded Media, School of Art and Design, is sponsoring the exhibition.

Vasulka, who died in 2019, was born in Brno, Czech Republic and studied film in Prague. He created several documentaries there, then relocated with his wife, Steina, to the United States, where he continued working on film projects and experimented with electronic sound and stobe light. He shifted to the video format in 1969, dissatisfied with the limits of film.

Together with his wife, he explored the possibilities of sound and the electronic image, directing documentaries on New York city’s avant-garde, particularly in the fields of theater, dance and music. In 1974, the couple moved to Buffalo, NY, where they both taught at the Center for Media Studies at the State University of New York. As a pioneer in electronic video art, Woody Vasulka partnered there with Jeffrey Schier to create the Digital Image Articulator, which contributed to the transition from analog video production to digital.

Critical reviews of Vasulka’s life and work credit him with expanding the range of dramatic space for film and theater, in addition to exploring new forms of narration. The art critic Alex Greenberger wrote in Artnews Vasulka “spent a career using his pioneering videotapes to bring viewers into closer contact with new technology. Working as an artist, a professor, and a founder of a major New York art space, Vasulka advocated for video as a key medium in our technology-obsessed time and wound up inspiring generations of artists making moving-image works.”

Point Zero will be on display at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery in Alfred University’s Harder Hall through Oct. 12, 2020. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 11am – 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 1-3pm.

For further information, contact: Sharon McConnell, Director, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, mcconnells@alfred.edu