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NOVA-Woodbridge to host artist Ryan Buyssens “Systems Fail” exhibit

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Artist Ryan Buyssens will be exhibiting his work, “Systems Fail,” in The New Gallery for Contemporary Art at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 2645 College Drive (WAS). The exhibition opens Tuesday, Nov. 15 and runs through Friday, Dec. 16. An artist’s opening reception is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

Buyssens’ works have been displayed in several international exhibits, film festivals and technology fairs. His unique confluence of invention and creation, technology and art, along with movement and sculpture, has engaged viewers in the completion of his artistic production. 

Preferring to explore the “what if” in the evolution of technology, Erin Devine, NOVA-Woodbridge’s gallery director said Buyssens seeks out a departure from the logical path of invention and uses it as a commentary of the aesthetic form to create his designs.

Born and raised near Detroit, Mich., Buyssens was influenced to create designs after experiencing an environment dominated by the automotive industry’s mechanized culture. After receiving an MFA in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Buyssens was the manager of the rapid prototyping studio for the California College of Art in San Francisco.  He later relocated to the University of North Carolina in Charlotte to become the director of their digital fabrication lab. Currently, he is an assistant professor of sculpture and applied design at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

An artist lecture will be held in the Lakeside Theater in the Woodbridge Campus’ Seefeldt Building (WS) immediately following the reception on Nov. 15. The exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public. The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Arts & Sciences Building (WAS). The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Parking is free after 4 p.m. in any B lot on campus. For further information, go to http://blogs.nvcc.edu/wogallery/ or contact Gallery Director, Erin Devine, at edevine@nvcc.edu.


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