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Piedmont College and ATHICA to host techno-art shows

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Artist Leticia Bajuyo recycles CDs and DVDs into mesmerizing sculptures. Here work will be on display at Piedmont College in Demorest and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art Aug. 5–Sept. 10. 

The Piedmont College Smith-Williams Studios Art Gallery in Demorest and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA) in Athens are hosting simultaneous shows of technology-turned-to-art by Indiana artist Leticia Bajuyo.

ATHICA will host Bajuyo’s “Event Horizon” from Aug. 5–Sept. 10, with an opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 6–9 p.m. The Smith-Williams Gallery at Piedmont will host Bajuyo’ “In-Finity” during the same dates with an artist talk and closing reception on Friday, September 8, from 3–5 p.m.

The Smith-Williams Gallery is located at 568 Laurel Avenue in Demorest, and ATHICA is located at 160 Tracy Street, Unit #4, in Athens. For more information, contact curator Rebecca Brantley at [email protected] or call 706-778-8500, ext. 1011.

A professor of sculpture at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, Bajuyo uses discarded technology to create new forms. Her projects at ATHICA and Piedmont will be the 19th and 20th installations in an ongoing project in which she repurposes CDs and DVDs to create large-scale installations. Woven together, the old discs form complex vortices and shapes. Theremins provide interactive sound elements.

Previous and ongoing installations of CD- and DVD-based work include the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis Indiana; the Lyon Square outdoor Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Nashville International Airport, in Nashville, Tennessee.

During the exhibitions, Bajuyo will reach out to the ATHICA and Piedmont College communities for donations of old media to contribute to her future sculptures. Please visit her website at www.leticiabajuyo.com to see more images of these installations.

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