Yann Novak & Timea Tihanyi Coming To Burien Art Gallery

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Burien Arts will be welcoming artists Yann Novak (pictured, left) and Timea Tihanyi to the Burien Art Gallery in June and July of 2009.

Yann Novak will present his solo exhibition “Stage” in the north gallery and Timea Tihanyi will show new works in the south gallery. In addition, three Artists United painters exhibit new works in the upstairs galleries and Highline High School students display projects created under the direction of Lisa Bade in the Education Annex.

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, June 5th, from 7-9 pm.

Yann Novak, born in 1979 in Madison, WI, is a sound artist, composer, designer and the curator of Dragon’s Eye Recordings. His compositions have been published by Dragon’s Eye Recordings, Dulcett Records, The Henry Art Gallery, Infrequency, Mandorla and smlEditions. His work utilizes different forms of digital documentation as a point of departure. Through the digital manipulation of these sound and image files, his works serve as a translation from documents of personal experiences into new compositions fueled by the original experience.

Novak’s installations and performances have been presented internationally prestigious events and venues including American Academy in Rome, Blim in Vancouver, BC, Decibel Festival, Ersta Konsthall in Stokholm, Sweden, Fiske Planitarium, Henry Art Gallery, Hit Art Space in Gothenburg, Sweden, Kasini House VT, Mutek Festival in Montreal, QB, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Soundwalk, and the Suyama Space. Prior to showing at the Burien Art Gallery, Novak presented +ROOM –ROOM at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and Novak’s work can be seen at the SFMOMA in August.

Before arriving to art-making, Timea Tihanyi had been trained as a medical doctor. She worked as a researcher with brain injured patients, helping them to learn how to utilize remaining brain functions in various ways to replace some of the lost ones. Tihanyi very interested in the historical periods of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment when artistic and scientific interest turned toward the understanding and exploring of our physical being and the nature of its malaises.

Timea Tihanyi holds a Doctor of Medicine from Semmelweis University Medical School, Faculty of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary, a BFA in Ceramics from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington, where she is currently a member of the faculty. Tihanyi’s work has recently been seen at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, Gallery 4Culture, the Seattle Art Museum and the Pratt Gallery at the Tashiro-Kaplan Building in Seattle.

Burien Arts is a local non-profit dedicated to enriching the community by providing engaging and innovative arts programming to the Highline region and beyond. Vitally active since 1965, Burien Arts maintains a crucial role in the artistic fabric of the community. In addition to hosting the managing a vibrant art gallery, Burien Arts also: runs the Highline Vintage Jazz Festival, manages the South King County High School Arts Program and Education Annex, supports a summer performing arts series, and partners with other arts groups, civic organizations and the City of Burien to bring exciting art installations and community festivals to the region.

Yann Novak and Timea Tihanyi’s work can be seen at the Burien Art Gallery from June 5th through August 2nd. The public is invited to an opening reception on June 5th from 7-9 pm and an artist’s talk on Friday, June 26th at 7 pm.

More information about the gallery show and Burien Arts can be found by contacting [email protected], or by checking their website: www.burienarts.org.

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