Featuring: Gregory Euclide, David Bowen, Jantje Visscher, Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Paula McCartney, Brad Kaspari, Meg Mitchell, Phil Rosenbloom, and Kevin Lair

Exhibition Run: September 26 - November 14, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 26, 6-8pm

“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see.” 

― Leonardo da Vinci

Science and art rely on the same basic principles: Observation, creative inquiry, and experimentation.  The perceptive observer is the essence of both. And yet science and art typically have separate domains that feel and look very different. This exhibit presents art that is expressed with a direct link to the science that enabled it (for example 3D photography), and art that includes expressions of science (for example, water-powered movement, or color coding the movements of a bush in the wind.)

The telescope is an observational tool. As a title, ‘Telescope’ references both the principle of observation and the tools that artists use to observe, transform, and document their subject matter.

Special Note: This exhibit is presented in partnership with SAMEE (Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth’s Embrace), an organization working at the intersection of art, science and sustainability, and is part of the Institute On The Environment at the University of Minnesota.

The Artists:

David Bowen is an internationally recognized technologist/artist. His installations, videos and sculptures are typically a high-tech expression or mapping of the landscape.  He utilizes satellite data, sensors, 3-d video imaging, etc. to provide high tech views into the world around us.  The artfulness of these pieces ironically comes both from the limitations of the mapping systems and the artist’s arrangements.

Gregory Euclide is a nationally known mixed media artist that mingles society’s romanticized view of nature and the actual landscape.  He experiments with a wide range of media such as ink, foam, and packaging materials on substrates that add another imprint of industrial society (for example, porcelain coated steel).

Paula McCartney is known nationally for her photographs where nature is mixed with faux nature: things that seemingly belong but upon close examination are not ‘the real thing’. Like a natural history museum or a naturalist display, her work informs the viewer about animals and landscape from a combination of replicas and the natural world.

Jantje Visscher is a nationally collected interdisciplinary artist who works in scientific fashion –exploring physical phenomenon, and developing new methodologies for art making.  In her recent work she shapes highly reflective materials into multiple lenses, and lights them to cast light and shadows into patterns.  These artworks rely on caustic reflections.

Kevin Lair is an environmental artist working at the edges of rural and urban, science and art, system dynamics and environmental design. Like a naturalist or biologist he studies plants and animals and utilizes new technologies to render their life-force patterns, such as growth, spawning, decay.

Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin is an international photographer known for her breath-taking landscapes. She studies nature through her camera and pushes the boundary of what photography can be through the substrates and printing technologies she employs.

Brad Kaspari is a sculptor and installation artist most known for his commissioned art in public spaces. For this exhibit he is bringing one of his large-scale investigations of Time and Movement through the use of medieval technologies that rely on ‘slow kinetics’. 

Meg Mitchell is a multimedia artist who combines disparate elements of art and technology for new, humorous art-inventions. For this exhibit she collaborates with Denise Bookwalter to produce a book that selects lines of poetry based on the daily weather forecast.

Phil Rosenbloom is a media artist who digitally manipulates images and video of iconic symbols of human invention.  We are left to question these scientific advancements for their overall effect on society. 

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