Student’s solo exhibition explores relationship between virtuality and reality

In a technological age, what better way to explore the interplay between the online and offline worlds than through art that combines digital and mixed media?

A reception Thursday will celebrate the opening of Online | Offline: Artificial Perception in the Natural World, a solo exhibition by Nicole Beno, a fourth-year double major in visual arts and communications.

“Sometimes it seems the natural aspect of our lives as we give in to consumer society,” says Beno. “We ourselves are consumed by buying too much stuff.”

She says all her artwork begins on the computer, and she adds other elements—painting, drawing, sculpture.

The show is on display through Friday, October 26 in the LeBel Building’s SoVA Projects Gallery. Thursday’s reception is free and open to the public; it begins in the gallery at 7 p.m.