MICA alumni have long been pioneers in their crafts. Today, many are bridging the gap between fine art and technology, demonstrating the two fields have more in common than many people think.
For K. David Fong ’11 (interaction design + art), technology is a great facilitator. “There’s always been a really great interaction when engineers and artists get together,” he said. “It has led artists to branch out and use more technology than we’re accustomed to.”
The collaboration is evident in his own work, in which Fong uses mirrors along with added light to create the illusion of infinite depth.
“I’m really interested in using space architecturally and exploring what opening up a space like that can mean both to ourselves and to the environment around us,” he said. Fong has also spent time working as a glassblower, a skill he learned through summer classes at MICA.
Fong credits MICA with expanding his network, as well as creating a forum for him and his peers to help each other advance their careers. Today, in addition to managing his studio practice, Fong works part-time as an art handler at the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. He also plans to launch an art handling business of his own. “All collectors are wildly different people, and it’s really interesting to see the breadth of things out there and where so much of our art goes.”