Department of Art announces guest artist exhibition

Youngstown State University’s Department of Art announces FACE / Digital Media Exhibition by media artist Eunsu Kang, Sept. 11 through Sept. 29 in Bliss Hall’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery.

An artist lecture be 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FACE is a digital media show that invites the audience to meet faces that are familiar yet have never existed. Media artist Eunsu Kang introduces machine-generated portraits based on what the machine has learned from human beings. The co-creator of the portraits is a group of Machine Learning neural networks, generated by MMDGAN (Maximum Mean Discrepancy Generative Adversarial Network) and developed by Chun-Liang Li, Wei-Cheng Chang, Yu Cheng, Yiming Yang, and Barnabas Poczos. This Artificial Intelligence studied 200,000 human faces and then generated new faces .

Kang is a media artist from Korea. She creates interactive audiovisual installations and artworks using Machine Learning methods. Creating interdisciplinary projects, her signature has been seamless integration of art disciplines and innovative techniques. Her work has been invited to numerous places around the world including Japan, China, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Germany and the U.S., and all nine of her past solo shows, consisting of individual or collaborative projects, were invited or awarded. She has won the Korean National Grant for Arts three times, and her research has been presented at conferences such as ACM, ICMC and ISEA. Kang earned her Ph.D. in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from DXARTS at the University of Washington, an MA in Media Arts and Technology from UCSB and an MFA from the Ewha Woman's University. She is currently an Associate Professor of New Media Art at the University of Akron.

Parking is available in the M30 Wick Avenue parking deck via Walnut Street (GPS address is 100 Wade Street, Youngstown OH 44502) for a nominal fee. Patrons are advised to watch for posted detours as construction progresses on Wick Avenue. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307.