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Q&A with Tivon Rice | 2006 Fellowship, Media

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Tivon Rice, Rip #4 (Short Arguments About Inscription), kinetic sculpture, light, sound, 2011.

Q: What kind of art do you make?
A: My work with images and installations critically explore representation and communication in the context of digital technologies.  Both fascinated with and wary of the speed of televisual media, I create systems that pair immediate materials such as light, space, and tangible forms with live and recorded sound and video.  Most recently, my projects have focused on the ways physical environments and mass media create images, and in turn, build histories around sites and communities.
Q: What did you use your 2006 Fellowship for?
A: My fellowship funded a custom plastic thermoforming machine and digital video equipment, allowing me to further explore both form and imagination in my work.
Q: What was the impact of this award/Artist Trust on your art career/life?
A: I received my fellowship just as I was completing graduate school at UW, so it helped immensely in transitioning from an academic system to the wider cultural support networks created by groups like Artist Trust.

Biography
Tivon Rice’s (Seattle) work critically explores representation and communication in the context of digital technologies. Both fascinated with and wary of the speed of televisual media, Tivon creates systems that pair immediate materials such as light, space, and tangible forms with live and recorded sound and video. With these installations, he engages spectators and participants with direct physical situations, as well as processes that unfold over longer durations. Tivon has shown throughout the Seattle area at venues such as Lawrimore Project, On the Boards and Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Tivon is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media, and a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar. He holds a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Washington.

Survenants/Revenatns no.2 (unexpected guests/returning ghosts) is an installation of kinetic sound and light sculptures to be exhibited in Seattle in Fall 2012. Tivon’s 2011 GAP funding assisted him with fabrication costs, which involves a number of materials, including acrylic, custom electronics, motors, and power supplies. Other expenses included time on an industrial laser cutter to create the instruments and optical discs, as well as three months of studio rental.

As part of his Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Tivon created a presentation on his sculpture, video and installation work for the Lakeside High School Advanced Ceramics class. They had a lively discussion about form and materials following a 30-minute presentation of his work and Artist Trust.