Artists offer alternative views of world

February 22, 2012

What’s it like in Mesa, Arizona, between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.?

Photographer Adrian Lesoing will offer a slice of that time of night during the next exhibit at ASU Gammage, March 16-April 30, when she and Phoenix artist Lee Davis share the gallery space. Download Full Image

Lesoing, of Mesa, will exhibit work titled “Suburbia: 85201,” a collection of photographs created between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., in Mesa, by overexposing film. “’Suburbia: 85201’ is an experimental process enabling me to explore the bizarre, otherworldly color effects of film overexposed by artificial light,” she said.

“Through overexposure, I was able to make the sky in some images appear to be daylight while simultaneously the viewer can see stars in the sky. As a result, the images create confusion or uncertainty about time. The familiar becomes unfamiliar.”

Lesoing received her bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from ASU and has shown her work throughout the United States. Her photography tends to focus on “issues dealing with food awareness and experiences with living in the suburbs.”

Davis said his work can best be described as “approachable conceptual art, with the subject matter being scientific, thought provoking and humorous.”

He attempts to lure viewers to his art by “deliberately using bold iconographic imagery with slight comical abstractions or absurdities – an octopus with a kitchen knife, a crab with chainsaw claws – to initiate a ‘double take.’”

Davis grew up on 10 acres in rural Missouri, where he developed an appreciation for “flora and fauna and the habitats they reside in.” His parents, he said, encouraged inquisitiveness and creativity at an early age, but talked him out of becoming a paleontologist because of the poor salary prospects. “So I went to college and studied the arts.”

Davis received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbia College, Columbia, Mo. He currently is a member of the Eye Lounge Artist Collective in Phoenix.

Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are 1 to 4 p.m., Mondays, or by appointment. Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458 to ensure viewing hours since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

Visitor parking is available at meters around the perimeter of ASU Gammage. Entrance is through the East Lobby Doors at the Box Office.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Brad Myers, (480) 965-6912, or

ASU Polytechnic hosts TED2012 webcast, Feb. 29

February 23, 2012

ASU’s Polytechnic campus will host a live webcast of TED2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., Feb 29. TEDx is hosted by Barrett, The Honors College at Polytechnic campus and will be held in the Cooley Ballrooms inside the Union at 5999 S. Backus Mall in Mesa.

TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) is a nonprofit organization that hosts conferences in which individuals from all industries and backgrounds meet to discuss ideas worth spreading. The free talks cover a wide range of topics including social issues, developing technologies, and innovative ideas. The TED movement has grown to include two annual conferences – the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer. Download Full Image

TEDx events, such as the simulcast of the Feb. 29 event at ASU Polytechnic, are held by independent organizations that receive special licenses from TED to hold free screenings and talks. It gives organizations like ASU the opportunity to localize the program by highlighting speakers that have a tie to the community or a shared interest in the organization’s vision. The live speakers promote engaging discussions and the opportunity to make unexpected connections with other participants.

The day’s schedule includes “The Lab” from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.; “The Earth” from noon to 1:45 p.m.; “The Crowd” from 3:15 to 5 p.m.; and the announcement of the TED Prize from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Live speakers will be highlighted between events. 

Live speakers at ASU Polytechnic:

Lee Gutkind: (11:15 a.m.-noon) Dubbed by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” Gutkind is an author and founder of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish nonfiction exclusively. His latest book, “Almost Human: Making Robots Think” was featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Gutkind spent six years as a fly-on-the-wall researcher at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh where scientists and students are working to design, build and test robots so advanced that will work alongside humans. “Almost Human” is a portrait of robotic subculture. Gutkind is the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at ASU and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

Jennifer Gale: (1:45-3:15 p.m.) Gale is a local advocate for sustainability and co-founder of “Paper or Plastic? Neither One Please!” Her work addresses the volume of plastic disposables as a vital issue for the planet.

Solutions Exhibition: (5-6 p.m.) Sponsored by Changemaker Central and the Programming and Activities Board, the Solutions Exhibition is a forum for students to showcase new ideas and learn how to transform ideas into reality. 

“TED talks align well with the Barrett mission – they engage attendees with thought leaders and stimulate dialogue in a high-energy environment” said Mark Henderson, associate dean of Barrett at the Polytechnic campus. “We look forward to hosting students, educators and the community at ASU Polytechnic to hear and discuss the ideas worth spreading at TED2012.”

Attendees at TEDx may stay for the entire day’s schedule or drop by for a shorter time period throughout the day. Workstations will be set up, and attendees are welcome work on laptops during the event. Admission is free; food will be served throughout the day.

For more information, visit or email Jennifer Brady.

A list of speakers for TED event can be found here.