PiV Alumnus Chad Seelig Exhibits New Work in 2017 Idaho Triennial

Pratt in Venice alumnus Chad Seelig (PiV ’06, ’07; BFA ’08) is exhibiting new work in the 2017 Idaho Triennial at the Boise Art Museum.

Organized every three years by the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition with an 80-year-old history that brings together exemplary works of art created by a broad selection of Idaho artists. Curated and juried by John D. Spiak, Director and Chief Curator of California State University Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, the 2017 Triennial exhibits 41 works by 24 artists.

The exhibition features Seelig’s { rain.random( ); }, a 12-channel speaker sound installation. According to the artist, “the work uses synthetically-created rain sounds to mimic rain drops, both audibly and physically, as they hit the ground. The program cycles randomly through a selection of sound files; once a file has finished playing, the program chooses a new one, creating a seemingly infinite and unique experience. The resulting installation emulates a reality where mechanical actions illustrate acoustic events.”

Chad Seelig, { rain.random( ); }, installation view. Courtesy of the artist

Curator John Spiak notes, “It’s a sound installation that causes you to take pause in wonderment. It’s a strong piece because there’s technology, but you don’t get caught up in it.”

Seelig was a participant in the Pratt in Venice program in 2006 and 2007, serving as the Printmaking Course Assistant in 2007 under Claire Romano and John Ross at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. He graduated Pratt with a BFA in Printmaking in 2008, and earned an MFA in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The 2017 Idaho Triennial is on view at the Boise Art Museum from February 18–July 16, 2017.

Tanti auguri, Chad!