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Rebecca Ruige Xu's art exhibition, "Proximity of Translation," will open with a reception and gallery talk in Snowden Library at Lycoming College from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 15.
Xu's artwork explores the relationship between data and image, programming and art. Her visuals, typically produced with computer programs, range from inventive, abstract drawings to controlled constructions with carefully planned shapes, colors and textures in 3-D space.
For the "Visualizing Federal Spending" project, a collaboration with Sean Hongsheng Zhai, Xu generated abstract images based on the United States' federal spending statistics. Custom algorithms were developed for the project in order to give the surfaces an organic feel, according to Xu's website, rebeccaxu.com.
Along with computer generated images, Xu also has created experimental animations such as "Anatomy of a Poem," which depicts a famous ancient Chinese poem, "Drinking Alone under the Moon," by representing the rhyme, rhythm and tone of the poetry in synthesized sound and computer graphics.
Xu teaches electronic arts and animation as an associate professor at Syracuse University. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in computer graphics from Syracuse and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial design from Beijing Institute of Technology, China. She also studied cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. She has worked professionally in the fields of computer animation, film special effects, digital imaging, web design and user interface design in China and the United States.
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