Transliminal Showing at the Ybor City Campus Gallery

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05 May 2014
Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents an exhibition by University of South Florida professor of art, Noelle Mason.  The exhibit, Transliminal, will run May 12 - June 12. An artist’s reception will take place on May 13 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. with a gallery talk at 6:15 p.m.

“Transliminal is a body of work that investigates the phenomenological effects of new vision technologies (backscatter, x-ray, sonic, thermal and digital imaging) on the perception of undocumented immigrants,” said Mason. “My project examines and unfolds two dimensional images into three dimensional structures to expose how these technologies reinforce and span international and political U.S. border relationships relating to human trafficking.”
Transliminal is a two part project that utilizes two distinct production methods. Ground Control is a series of three wool tapestry-rugs that reproduce images of the US/Mexico border taken by the Terra satellite’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER). X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility, the second series is made up of twelve hand-embroidered cotton stitcheries depicting human trafficking. Infrared images were collected from U.S. Border patrol, Minutemen, and commercial surveillance websites. Using a computer program, the digital files were translated into counted
x-stitch maps, each stitch representing a single pixel of the original image.
Mason is a trans-media artist who manipulates appropriated images, objects and contexts to investigate and expose the subtle seductiveness of power facilitated by systems of visual control. She shows her work nationally and internationally, including the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Smithsonian Institute. She holds a BA in both theatre and fine arts from the Univ. of California, Irvine, and received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays noon to 7 p.m. The gallery is located in the Performing Arts Building, first floor, Palm Ave and 15th Street. Parking is available in the HCC visitor lots, the Ybor Garage on 15th St and the Nuccio Parking Garage. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  For further details or special arrangements for your visit, please contact Carolyn Kossar, 813.253.7674,
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