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Technology, Dyslexia and Chromatin Packing: Artist Talk with Eric Standley

  • 100 Pier Four Boulevard #200 Boston MA (map)


What would happen if we all processed thought the same way? There would be no more fears, no more questions, and no more wars. There would be no more desires, no more solutions and no more dreams. Neurodiversity is what makes humanity prolific.

Eric Standley’s presentation "Dyslexia, Technology and Chromatin Packing" will weave together the broadly diverse influences, conditions and beliefs that drive his studio practice. He attributes much of his creativity and visual sensitivity to being dyslexic, and how growing up in a household of engineers shaped his artistic curiosity.

Eric is currently working with two scientists who study chromatin architecture. As a result, he is creating a series of layered paper-cut artifacts that borrow geometry and fractal architecture found at the most profoundly fundamental building blocks of all lifeforms. He believes the mysteriously complex patterns derived from chromatin biology will instigate new ways of understanding and contemplating the dynamic varieties of humanity.

Eric Standley is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Virginia Tech. He received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He sleeps on rare occasions between visualizing paradoxes in his studio and teaching laser cutting and engraving at Virginia Tech. Eric lives and works in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Work by Eric Standley is currently on view in Pulp + Processon view at the Society of Arts + Crafts February 21-Aril 21, 2019. Pulp + Process will display a variety of paper-made works ranging from stunning cut paper to charming miniatures. Viewers are invited to discover how the craft of making paper by hand is being carried on by artists today and to see how makers are using the medium to produce a massive variety of forms.

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