By now we know that the world
Is framed by the word of man
So that what is seen is made
Of things which do not appear
UMass Boston's student-run Harbor Gallery will host artist Daniel Alexander Smith's "Of Things Which Do Not Appear" through May 4. The exhibit looks at the eyes and hands of machines. Each work points to a different notion of realism, developed through technology.
Most of the works are drawn with cheap pens and markers by a CNC machine to further highlight discrepancies between the ways people have seen and worked for millennia, and the way machines see and work now. The show title is inspired by a Bible passage, Hebrews 11:3, describing a world framed by God out “of things which do not appear.”
Artist Daniel Alexander Smith has misquoted it here to reference a shift in how the world is seen. He's curious what ideas machines construct about the world they see, and which ideas they do not.
The gallery, located on the first floor of McCormack Hall, is open Mondays through Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m.
About the Artist
Daniel Alexander Smith is a visual artist based in Cambridge. In 2016, he completed a MFA fellowship at Indiana University. In 2015 he founded Paper-Thin, an online virtual reality art archive, which he currently directs and curates with collaborator Cameron Buckley.