Sometimes our life is just upside down! Otherwise, our work analyzes, critiques and complicates the interconnections between ecology, science, industry, and identity, drawing contextually from spaces, environments, technologies, and histories (both real and imagined). The linking element between these discourses is energy transformation, as a physical and aesthetic matter, as well as an evolving conceptual force through which to address pressing urban and ecological issues. Our work explores energy as a resource and as a way to understand contemporary landscape and ecology. Equally important is the consideration of justice of light in creating energy harvesting, technocultural artifacts, engaging urban and civic spaces with site specific installations, and documenting our changing climate with ecological visualizations. Our practice responds to developing technologies, integrating creative software, data collection and analysis systems, digital fabrication, motion control and embedded systems. Together we work with other visual artists, architects, composers, dancers, musicians, stage designers, scientists, and engineers to manifest new forms. Recent sculptures and installations employ dynamic, real-time data as material substrate, and other major works explore sustainable kinetics as landscape, performance, and conduits for spiritual connection.
We have exhibited widely since beginning our collaboration in 2009. Selected local exhibitions in Baltimore and the surrounding region include Light City 2019, 2018, 2016; the Baltimore Public Works Museum Building; School 33 Art Center; the Towson Arts Collective; Gallery Q (Johns Hopkins Eisenhower Library); the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (Washington, DC); Project4 Gallery (Washington, DC); a collaboration with the dance troupe Step Afrika! at the Hartke Theater and the Atlas Theater (Washington, DC); the Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), the Open Gallery (Silver Spring, MD); the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery (Frostburg, MD); and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE). Other selected national venues include Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ); the Dlectricity Festival (Detroit, MI); the Ingenuity Festival (Cleveland, OH); the Gund Gallery (Gambier, OH); the Dublin Arts Council (Dublin, OH); The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA); the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH); the Columbus Center for Science and Industry (Columbus, OH); the Franklin Park Conservatory (Columbus, OH); Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI); the Phipps Conservatory (Pittsburgh, PA); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach, VA); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, OH); and the Art House at the Jones Center (Austin, TX). International exhibitions and screenings include the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (Dublin, Ireland); the Digital Fringe (Melbourne, Australia); The New Media Institute at the Banff Center (Banff, Canada); Small House Screening (Sao Paulo, Brazil); and the National Museum of Glass (Eskisehir, Turkey).
Selected residencies and awards include a residency at Pittsburgh Glass Center (Pittsburgh, PA), the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize, the Centennial Artist in Residence at the Schoodic Institute (Acadia National Park, ME); the 2016 Toolmaker Residency at Signal Culture (Owego, NY); the Mesaros Visiting Artist at Kenyon College (Gambier, OH); Accessibility 2009 (Cleveland, TN); the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Residency (New York, NY); the MacDowell Colony Artist Residency (Peterborough, NH); the School of Emerging Technology Seed Funding Grant (Towson University, MD); the Great Lakes College Association New Directions Initiative (Kenyon College, OH); the Franklin Park Conservatory Sculpture Grant (Columbus, OH); the Brython-Davis Research Fellowship (UCSB); the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Visual, Performing & Media Arts Award (UCSB); and Light City Grants (Baltimore, MD).
Figg holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in Media, Art and Text from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Towson University. McCormack holds a BFA in Glass from the Ohio State University and an MFA from Towson University.