‘What is known about you?’ asks artist Laurie Frick

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Data artist Laurie Frick, whose work is currently in the PCA&D Gallery as the exhibit The Quantified Self: The Data Doesn’t Lie with fellow data artist  Katie Lewis, spoke at the college today.

“Have you thought about what is known about you?” she opened her remarks.

Frick, who ran technical companies before returning college to study art, said the notion of future is really curious to her, as is the study of time.

She began to make art about time, in effect plotting data about her own sleep patterns that she gathered using a biometric feedback device. “The data doesn’t lie,” she said. “The person you think you are and the person you measure really struck me.”

She said, “As artists we all take the world you care about and explain it to others.”

She began to gather more data, and began to create portraits made by data, looking for patterns. “What if the patterns of data gathered about us is the way to see ourselves through the language of art?”


First Friday Reception for The Quantified Self exhibit is tonight, February 3, 5- 8 p.m. The exhibit will be in the gallery through March 10.


PCA&D’s Spring 2017 exhibition series the College focuses on scientific and technologically inspired art work. The study of science and art via cutting edge technology is narrated through the artists’ creative practice, exemplifying the desire to know more about ourselves and our world.

Laurie Frick, Daily Stress Inventory #7, 2015, Cut leather, laser-etched wood blocks on stretched linen

Laurie Frick, Daily Stress Inventory #7, 2015, Cut leather, laser-etched wood blocks on stretched linen.

More about Laurie Frick

In her work, Laurie Frick translates personal data points into an expressive yet orderly representation an individual. Patterns of behavior become patterned artworks, where the mass of data simultaneously predicts an individual’s life and provides a glimpse into one’s hidden personality. Frick’s artwork depicts subjective and nuanced human action as tangible and calculated data.

Frick holds an MFA from the New York Studio School, an MBA from the University of Southern California and studies at New York University’s ITP program. Frick recently was awarded residencies by Samsung Research and the Neuroscience Research Center University of Texas. Frick’s talks and publications include The Atlantic, Nature Publishing, Los Angeles Times, Haaretz, New Scientist, NPR, Creative Mornings and TEDx and moreFRICKbits ‘your data is now art on your phone’ was crowdfunded with a successful Kickstarter campaign and is now in the iPhone store. She has exhibited widely, with solo shows in New York, California and Texas. She is represented by Edward Cella gallery in Los Angeles, and Pavel Zoubok in New York.

Frick has recently exhibited and lectured at the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), Cultural program of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, October 2016, World Future Society Conference, Nanobot Murals, Washington DC, July 2016, EYEO Festival, Nanobot Murals, Minneapolis, June 2016, IBM Design Research Conference keynote, The art of data (and prediction), Austin, 2016, Advertising Age Data Conference, Data is Beautiful, New York, 2015, International Time-Use conference keynote, The art of time-use, Ankara, Turkey 2015, Microsoft Research, Studio 99, The art of the data-selfie, Seattle, 2015, LASER, Leonardo Art and Science Rendezvous, Austin, 201, SXSW, From Digital Sharecropping to Data Emancipation, Austin, 2015, and International Association of Privacy Professionals, Summit (IAPP), Washington DC, 2015


Katie Lewis, “730 Days” (detail), 2015, Pins and pencil

More about Katie Lewis

Also featured in the exhibit is the art of Katie Lewis. Lewis compiles data such as physical sensations in the body or the number of steps taken each day. She then creates distinct forms of data visualization using materials such as paper, thread, sewing pins, or graphite. Her process is labor intensive, consisting of physical repetitions within her self-imposed constraints. Lewis works through the data until her devised system reaches its breaking point. The materials she uses no longer functions — paper tears, walls crumble, and thread becomes an impenetrable net, transforming into visual accumulations.

Katie Lewis’s education includes MFA, Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2006, BA, Studio Art, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, 1999, and Universidad de Concepcion, Chile, 1997-98. She has received a Sierra Arts Foundation Grant, Reno, NV 2016 and named Artist in Residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO 2015.

Her work was exhibited in 2016 in Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, and ARAK MONKYZ – Reflections on Synthetic Action, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado and she received a 2016 Grant to Artists: No Strings Attached, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, Nevada.

In 2015, she exhibited in And Yet It Turns: Art and Technology, a Shared Space, Museum of Modern Art Luxembourg (Mudam Luxembourg), Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2015, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, The Netherlands, and Divergence (solo exhibition), Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City, Nevada.