Richard Jochum, Five Thirds of a Small Exhibition
April 11 – May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm
Peekskill Extension Center
Richard Jochum explores and bridges diversity in media, technology, and the arts. Investigating the intriguing connection between art producers and the public and the powerful role of art as a form of education, his installations are often based on participation or embedded in local communities. Among several works on display, he will show a newly developed, interactive version of his Crossword Project. It will allow users to submit live-fed questions into a video projected crossword puzzle. The project, an evolving interactive animation work, stems from the artist’s fascination with the ubiquity and relevance of crossword puzzles in popular culture. While traditional crossword puzzles are generally based on questions that provide short clues to answer them in a way that fit into a rubric, Jochum’s quest is for questions that make the viewer muse and ponder. Finding good questions takes time and communal effort. The search for them reflects common ground between art and research. This exhibition highlights works that utilize interactivity and humor for story-telling and audience engagement.