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Samm Newton: Creative Practice

  • Waldo Hall: Oregon State University 2250 Southwest Jefferson Way Corvallis, OR, 97331 United States (map)

Creative Practice is a collection of work from Environmental Arts and Humanities graduate student Samm Newton. Pieces on view include recent, not so recent, finished, unfinished, successful, and unsuccessful paintings produced as part of her graduate studies exploring how humans pursue and produce knowledge about the ocean. Incorporating studies and mistakes alongside more polished pieces highlights not only the very process of knowledge inquiry she is studying, but also a process that we can all relate to—practice.

Additionally, The Academic Success Center is excited to display Newton’s work between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday for the remainder of spring term in Waldo 125. 

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Newton's work considers technology and how it plays the mediary between humans and marine systems through paintings examining video from groundfish beam trawls and pteropod swimming mechanics. It is an experiment in drawing attention to how nature is known rather than squarely on what it is that is known. Paintings are both representational and abstract, juxtaposing static ocean imagery with shape, movement, and minimalism. Static habitat pieces set aside from pieces focused on the movement of objects on screen will illustrate how computer vision discriminates, interprets, and relays information from videos to scientists.

Her work is also an integral piece of two interdisciplinary projects working with computer scientists, mechanical engineers, marine ecologists, and fisheries managers.

Earlier Event: May 18
Micro / Macro Pop-Up Duo Exhibit
Later Event: June 21
The Sea and Me