Humana Ex Machina: Kinetic Commentaries on the Nature of Being
Karen Crews and Johnny Sampson
August 25 - September 29, 2007
Opening Reception, Saturday, August 25, 5-8 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton Visual Arts Center
800 North State College Blvd. (just north of Nutwood Avenue), Fullerton, CA

Contact, Marilyn Moore, Art Gallery Office
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Gallery hours, Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 12-2 p.m.
Admission, Free

Jim Jenkins, "Yes" (detail), 2007, from the series “Personification of Language, Suite of Three: Yes/Maybe Not/No”.

Humana Ex Machina: Kinetic Commentaries on the Nature of Being features the works of four contemporary artists—Arthur Ganson, Gregory Barsamian, Bernie Lubell and Jim Jenkins—all who use kinetic sculptures to comment on various paradoxes of human nature. Using a variety of materials and devices including metal pistons, pulleys, wires, wheels and 18th century rotors fused with delicate wooden machinery, these kinetic sculptors create elaborate mesmerizing objects that reflect and simulate human characteristics and emotions.

The title of the exhibition, Humana Ex Machina literally translates as human from the machine and was taken from '”Deus Ex Machina,’” a literary and theatrical term referring to an unlikely resolution of a tangled plot. This term comes from the practice in ancient Greek and Roman plays of lowering a divine character from the top of the stage to set things straight. The kinetic sculptures in this exhibition create a kind of theatre but in these artworks, the implication is that it is man who must define and untangle his own destiny.

A DVD documentary/booklet box set will be available at the gallery before the close of the exhibition and after the close of the exhibition from

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