The collaborative localStyle was founded in 2000 by Marlena Novak and Jay Alan Yim. Using low and high tech means, their works are motivated by the ways that individuals gather and process information about social, political and physical environments, exploring how thresholds and boundaries are constructed, interpreted, and ultimately, negotiated. Their intermedia works have been presented in national and international museum, gallery, and alternative venues, exploring themes as varied as the mating behavior of hermaphroditic flatworms, boundaries relating to plate tectonics and politics, issues of trespass, and the sonification of a choir of electric fish from the Amazon river basin.
Their projects have been presented in Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Camden, Chicago, Cologne, Croydon, Duluth, The Hague, Huddersfield, Jerusalem, Linz, London, Mexico City, New York, the Orkney Islands, Richmond, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Sydney, Szczecin, Sittard, Tel Aviv, Torino, Toronto, Valencia, and Warsaw. localStyle works are included in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC), Davis Museum and Cultural Center (Wellesley MA), Mondriaanhuis (Amersfoort, The Netherlands), and the Tweed Museum of Art (Duluth MN).