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Baskin assemblage

David Baskin will exhibit three of his chrome assemblages at Fiendish Plots beginning Saturday. 

Three cutting-edge artists will be in Lincoln this week, one for an exhibition of his work and two to speak at the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference.

The exhibiting artist is David Baskin of New York, who will show three of his “still life” assemblages in chrome in “The Speculative Gaze,” an exhibition that will open at Fiendish Plots Saturday.

Baskin uses the market-driven economy and cultural milieu of 17th-century Netherlands as the art historical model in which he views the superficiality of contemporary mass consumption in works that are informed by “vanitas” paintings, combining a network of store-bought, sometimes symbolic objects and their associations into the chrome-covered assemblages.

A widely exhibited artist, Baskin has taught at the Cooper Union School of Art and New York Institute of Technology and was a visiting critic at the School of Visual Arts, NY, the Pratt Institute and University of Buffalo.

Baskin delivered a Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Art, Art History and Design on Wednesday and will speak about his work during the exhibition’s 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. opening reception Saturday.

“The Speculative Gaze” will be on view at Fiendish Plots, 2130 Magnum Circle, through Oct. 28.

MACAA Speakers on Technology and Art

The speakers are designer Behnaz Farahi and artist/researcher Andy Cavatorta, who will deliver the keynote address at the MACAA conference, themed “Techne Expanding: Tensions, Terrains and Tools.”

The conference will explore interpretations of technology and its use and impact on teaching, making and performance of art.

Farahi will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Cavatorta will speak at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Both lectures will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P St. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Farahi’s lecture is titled “Emotive Matter from Fashion to Architecture.” Illustrated with a series of experiments and prototypes, her talk will examine the possibility of material that responds to the behavior of the human body and emotions through emerging technology.

Farahi, winner of the 2016 World Technology Design Award, is a Los Angeles-based designer, trained as an architect and specializing in 3-D printing and physical computing, who works at the intersection of fashion, architecture and interaction design. She is on the advisory board for UNL’s Johnny Carson Center of Emerging Media Arts.

Cavatorta, who works with physical sound and robotics, will speak about the history of music and technology, his work and the importance of fake rules.

Cavatorta is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and recipient of the Lincoln Prize. He has recently collaborated with Bjork and had exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Royal Opera House, and been the subject of documentaries by National Geographic and Vice.

His work explores technologically mediated emotions, opportunities to express the previously inexpressible and how we make meaning with sound.

The MACAA is the professional association of art faculty, art historians, independent scholars, artists and museum professionals that regularly holds conferences that include the presentation of academic papers, lectures, panel discussion and art exhibitions.

More information about next week’s conference is available at

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Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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