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March 17, 2009

New exhibition balances art and technology

Design in Balance, an exhibition of works by students in the Joint Graduate Program in Design, is on view through April 26 at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery.

A reception will be held at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2.

The Joint Graduate Program in Design comprises students from both the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Art and Art History. The exhibit reflects their attempts to balance art and technology.

Among the pieces are Dave Evans' Chiropractor, which uses aluminum, spandex, light-emitting diodes and spruce. The work allows viewers to push and twist various segments in and out of alignment—and yet when perfectly vertical, the piece chimes a rich tone that resonates in the spruce plates that make up each "vertebra."

Peter Russo's Honey Dipper is a pendant lamp with an unusual inspiration. Brendan Wypich's Machine for Listening and Remembering is an interactive sound sculpture. Eric Faggin's Trouble with Modernism Teapot is composed of concrete and ceramic; Lauren Milroy's Pencil Shoes are made of colored pencils, epoxy and ribbon.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will be closed March 23-29. Admission is free.

Editor Note:

Digital images available from Rachel Isip: (650) 725-3107,



Cynthia Haven, News Service: (650) 724-6184,

Rachel Isip, Art & Art History: (650) 725-3107,

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