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Professor Jordan Vinyard to be featured at Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery


Image of Addendum #2, an installation composed of 500 cast, two-headed, interlocking lambs housed under scientific bell-jars

Professor Jordan Vinyard to be featured at Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery

 

A new collection of sculptures and installations entitled “ProtoProxy” by Jordan Vinyard, assistant professor of art at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, will be on display at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery in Oklahoma City.

An opening reception will be held April 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show will remain on display until May 14.

ProtoProxy explores our current culture using surrogate performers to ironically resolve the infractions of human behavior, not only by creating mechanical proxies, but situating them as caricatures of humans interacting with technology.

Consisting of works that subtly breathe, lethargically stare at screens and act as sardonic addendums to existence; the ultimate goal of Vinyard’s exhibit is to place the viewer in a fixed dilemma as they realize themselves parallel to their prototypical counterparts.

“The starting point for this project is fairly unique because there was a singular incident that had been driving the entirety of it,” Vinyard said. “I always assumed that I knew what my first memory was—my twin brother and I at our fourth birthday. Recently, I saw that image on a VHS tape, so I had this ‘oh my god’ moment where I started to think about how technology really imprints on us at such a young age, so I started replacing my own body, my own work with surrogate performers.”

One of the pieces, “Addendum #2,” recently received the Creative Projects Grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. The installation is composed of 500 cast, two-headed, interlocking lambs housed under scientific bell-jars. It satirically addresses a proposal for a new biotechnological future. The piece calls attention to the fact that, while we are a society that both fetishizes and worries over technology, we are also acting adjudicators ultimately responsible for minting the currency of our future.