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Digital sculpture to be on display at Lycoming Art Gallery

Sculptor Paul Higham uses math and machines to produce unexpected and intriguing works of art that will be showcased at the Lycoming College Art Gallery, 25 W. Fourth St., from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15. An opening day reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 16 with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and art show are free and open to the public.

Higham’s exhibit, titled “Data Trouve to autotecture,” features pieces created on a variety of machines including 3D printers and CNC machines, which are most commonly used to shape metal and plastics for consumer goods. Using mathematical algorithms and other high-tech techniques like sonification, which uses audio to convey information, and haptic force feedback, which involves the sense of touch, Higham creates innovative pieces that include drawings, maps, performance and interactive works for viewing in real-time and on the web.

Higham was one of the first to tap digital technology to create works of art, including including early vacuum-formed histograms as early as 1974 and the first-fused deposition sculpture “Heuristicles.” Always questioning the concept of autonomy, his exhibit spans his work over 35 years of experimenting with virtual and prototyping technologies. His work is featured in private collections and museums around the world.

Higham was born in Scotland, studied at Liverpool Art School and Goldsmith College and came to the U.S. in 1995 to complete advanced research at the University of Minnesota in rapid prototyping and also in virtual reality medical visualization labs.

During this period, he was a resident artist at the Mayo Clinic and at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he developed data sculpture to create emergent forms. He has lived and worked in London, Manchester, New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, New Orleans and the Netherlands.

He resides in upstate New York, where he has a digital sculpture studio.

For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu/art/gallery.