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Information Anxiety, an installation of Leslie Alfin’s work, opens at Simon’s Rock

GT. BARRINGTON, MASS –  Leslie Alfin will present a site specific installation titled ‘Information Anxiety: Media Rites,’ in the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock, from Nov. 7, 2007 through April 18, 2008.  An artist's talk and reception will be held on Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.  All are welcome and admission is free.

Alfin’s work explores the abundance of information delivered through the various media, how it is organized, and how it may affect the way we think.  In her work, she has found Google to be "fertile ground for exploration. As a ubiquitous information organizing tool,” Alfin says, “Google often drives the context hierarchy from which we derive meaning—a dubious learning environment [that] presents results primarily influenced by topic popularity and advertising dollars. In a case like this, using Google rules—keyword, keyphrase, image and video searches—I explore googled pathways, collect and re-organize the plethora of information in mixed media applications.”   

In her explorations, Alfin asks such questions as: Is the abundance of accessible information causing a kind of significance blindness that affects our ability to identify the important over the throw-aways? 

Alfin is an adjunct professor at the Parson's School of Design in New York City and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and N. Egremont. She exhibits widely in solo and group shows throughout New England, and her work has been seen locally at the Haddad Lascano Gallery in Gt. Barrington.  She earned an MFA from Montclair State University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Hartford Art School.

The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, call 528-7389.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706