Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hetero-Types Opening!

Oh my goodness gracious. Prairie Gallery's show Hetero-Types: Science in Contermporary Art-Making is opening on Saturday! Yes, this is the show I co-curated with David Rosenthal. It's been a fun time. I'm actually heading out right now to do last-minute things like labels and price lists. Anyone in the Cinci area should come. The show is sponsored by Yelp, so you can probably find it here.

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Three artists explore the use of scientific imaging techniques in producing photography, painting and video.
Opening Reception Saturday November 12, 7-9 pm
Northside Second Saturday features special events and exhibitions at:
Comet, Nvision, Thundersky, Chicken Lays an Egg, Helltown Workshop, Sidewinder, Cryptogram, Mayday, Northside Surplus, Fabricate, Prairie, CANCO, Take the Cake, Sweat Peace Bakery, Painted Fish, 3 Legged Dog, Shop Therapy, Northside Tavern (5-9 happy hour), Ruttle and Neltner Florist
Prairie is pleased to present work by Cincinnati artist Kimberly Burleigh, San Francisco artist Caren Alpert and Arizona artist David Tinapple. Kimberly Burleigh employs a unique blend of methods from both fields of art and science in producing her oil paintings and watercolors. She explores her interest in the behavior of light across the surface of and through liquids by creating computer simulated models of liquid surfaces lit by artificial light sources. She then transfers these "still lives" onto canvas using the traditional methods and tools of oil painting. Her final works are, in one sense, straight recordings of computer generated shapes, and in another, highly stylized abstractions of the real world rendered with limited color palettes which evoke the experiments of mid-20th century color field painters.
Caren Alpert, "Cake Sprinkles"
San Francisco artist Caren Alpert produces microscopic images of food in addition to her work as a commercial photographer. In producing images of food for the advertising industry, Alpert recognized an increasing disparity between the unnatural eating behaviors promoted through advertisements and a more balanced relationship between people and their food supply based on a comprehensive understanding of the origin and nature of food. For her, placing a "camera" close enough to edible objects to see their microscopic structures became a way to better understand food. The natural fibers and visual patterns present in the structure of certain vegetables shown in Alpert's images are not only beautiful, but transform objects of consumption into objects which invite admiration and contemplation. In a similar fashion, her images of cake sprinkles and other manufactured foods provide reason to reconsider the casual consumption of substances whose appearance evokes food science and genetic engineering laboratories.
David Tinapple sheds light on how human perception has been dramatically altered by the type and quantity of media which pervades our lives. Part engineer, he employs manipulated image capturing devices to produce video and still images which are visually stunning and which also question our reliance on imagery as a substitute for observation and experience of the real world. His "slit scan" images, for example, were produced by turning his car into a giant scanner. Equipped with this oversized imaging device, Tinapple drove his car down typical house-lined streets, capturing every detail of these bucolic scenes over the course of several minutes per image. On their own, these pictures appear to be simple panoramic photographs capturing a single moment in time. When the nature of their origin is understood, however, the idea of the photograph as a representation of the real world feels like a grand deception. Tinapple's perfectly still images showing people interacting with each other and the environment are actually the product of a narrative fabricated by his inventive imaging techniques.
Scanning Electron Microscope Image by Hyo-Jick Choi
Learn about and use UC's Scanning Electron Microscope on November 18.
In conjunction with Heterotypes: Science in Contemporary Art Making, Prairie will offer an interactive tour of the Scanning Electron Microscope Facility at UC's College of Engineering. Participants will learn about the capabilities of the microscope and will be allowed to choose from a variety of samples on hand at the lab to examine with the microscope. Participants will be able to download and save images from the visit for their own use.
The tour will begin at 12:00 at Room 316 of the Engineering Research Center on UC's Main Campus and will conclude at 1:00 pm. Registration is limited to 10! A reservation fee of $20 must be received in order to hold your spot!
Hope to see you there! (Text copied from Prairie press release.)

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