Inflatable Robotic Arts in Canada
School of Art + Videopool
118 Dafoe Road
Opening 30 March, exhibit 30 March – 27 April 2012
Chico MacMurtrie is internationally recognized for his large-scale, performative, kinetic installations, and interactive public sculpture. Graduated from UCLA (New Forms and Concepts) in 1987, he has exhibited widely in America, Europe, and Asia, and has received the support of many notable granting agencies, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. His awards include five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the The Fundación Telefonica / Vida Life, CEC Artslink and Ars Electronica award.
Chico MacMurtrie is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), a collective he founded in 1991, consisting of artists, scientists and engineers. Currently operating out of Brooklyn, New York, ARW is dedicated to the study and creation of movement as it is expressed in anthropomorphic and abstract robotic forms.
MacMurtrie has been working over the last years on his innovative, inflatable sculptures, which were exhibited in major museum shows and other international exhibitions, including: Machines and Souls, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2008), Synthetic Times: Media Art China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2008), Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh (solo show; 2009), Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2009), eArts Beyond, Shanghai (2009), Inflatable Architectural Body “Inner Space”, The National Gallery of Macedonia, Cifte Amam, Skopje (solo show; 2010), ZER01 San José Biennial (2010), Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA (solo show 2011), Totemobile, Cultural Capital Bethune, France and Todays Art Festival Den Haag (2011), Birds, Richard L. Nelson Gallery / UC Davis, CA (2011). Geo Homsy and Chico MacMurtrie and Bill Washabaugh are the winners of the Climate Clock Initiative to create a kinetic public sculpture for the City of San José, CA.