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Shea Wilkinson: Homo roboticus at Fred Simon Gallery

Shea Wilkinson: Homo roboticus
Exhibition dates: May 10 – June 24, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, May 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Public hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fred Simon Gallery
Nebraska Arts Council
1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level
Omaha, NE 68102

The Nebraska Arts Council will host an opening reception for artist Shea Wilkinson’s solo exhibition, Homo roboticus, on Friday, May 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Fred Simon Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through June 24.

Shea Wilkinson, on Homo roboticus:
Homo roboticus explores the interplay between biology and technology. I have always enjoyed the ubiquity of androids in the fictional work of Philip K. Dick and decided to explore the topic’s relevance to the modern day. The idea that someday the human body and mind is going to be integrated with technology is no longer science fiction, and neither is the fact that it will be increasingly harder for us to even tell the difference. We are advancing technology to mimic biology, integrating our knowledge into ourselves and artificial intelligence systems. We may all have doppelgangers to provide us with biological parts, or may just run some circuits through ourselves and let a machine do the heavy lifting. Our mentality is being advanced towards ever more technological dependence, and android-like traits are being bred and encouraged for higher efficiency. After the convergence of robot and human biotechnology, how much longer will it be before we arrive at homo roboticus?

Artist Statement:
I create art quilts using free motion quilting, in a sense, drawing with needle and thread. Aside from loving the daily rhythm of the machine, I also enjoy the chance to immerse myself in topics that I find visually and intellectually exciting. The stories that I tell through my work are related to imagery from science, natural and extraterrestrial worlds, and mythology, with only a thin boundary in between, if any. My goal is to elicit a sense of magic in the viewer, preparing them to delve into nature and myth, where everything is permitted and new worlds spring up instantly. Learn more about the artist at www.sheawilkinson.com.