University Electronic Media Professor Thomas Porett Exhibits 'Observations & Anomalies' at Mednick Gallery

Digital imaging pioneer combines photographic and video imagery with original sound compositions

February 5, 2010

The artwork of digital imaging pioneer Thomas Porett, Professor of Electronic Media at the University of the Arts, will be on display in the exhibition "Observations & Anomalies" February 12 – March 7 at the University's Sol Mednick Gallery (211 S. Broad St., 15th floor). A reception celebrating Porett's work will be held in the Mednick Gallery on March 4, from 5 – 7 p.m.

Porett's "Anomaly" series brings common objects such as garlic stalks and ocean waves into lyrical combinations that refer to the original objects yet diverge into a dynamic interplay of lines and shapes. The series "Electronic Poems," which is derived from still images and composited into video with original electronic music, will be on display in the front window of the Mednick Gallery.

Hired in 1966 by Sol Mednick, then director of the Photography program at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), Porett first began exhibiting his digitally-based artwork in the 1980s. Since then, he has been creating computer-based multimedia pieces that combine photographic and video imagery along with original sound compositions. In addition, he has produced a series of documentary videos that are extensions of his work dealing with contemporary American culture.

Offering a regular schedule of exhibitions of contemporary photography, the Sol Mednick Gallery is the only endowed gallery in Philadelphia dedicated solely to the exhibition of photography. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 215-717-6300 for further information.

Above: Tom Porett's "Wave Anomoly"

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