March 25, 5-6:30pm PST
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Join us for our ninth Laboratory Series on March 25 at 5pm PST with Demetrius Oliver in conversation with Cal Poly Professor Thomas Fowler. This event is a part of the Laboratory Series: A conversation series with Black-identified artists in collaboration with R.A.C.E. Matters San Luis Obispo.

Demetrius Oliver’s work draws heavily on a variety of disparate intellectual interests related to interpreting phenomena, including American transcendentalism, music of the spheres, and the history of cosmology, weaving them into spectacular, cohesive works of self-exploration and expression. Relying on ordinary materials and found imagery, Oliver creates artwork that brings visual form to the processes of exploration and experimentation referencing musical, scientific and literary materials. He lives and works in Harlem, New York City.

Professor Thomas Fowler has 20 plus years of professional practice with over 30 years of teaching. He has been the director of Cal Poly’s graduate architecture program since 2013 and a professor at Cal Poly since 1994. He teaches in the graduate interdisciplinary architecture and structural engineering building design and undergraduate design studios. Professor Fowler has created imaginative design studios and multi-disciplinary collaborations with other university departments, which has established invaluable links between the academy and professional practice. Ongoing programs include “Internnect,” created with a practitioner / former student to bring underrepresented high school students to Cal Poly to experience college architectural education and a multi-disciplinary collaboration with students, faculty and a range of industry partners to design and build a Polytechnic College in Same, Africa.