Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BioART: Collaborating with Life

I was invited to come up with the layout for the exhibition BioART: Collaborating with Life at the Karsh-Masson Gallery from April 28 to May 31, 2015. Curated by Jennifer Willet and co-presented by Artengine, the City of Ottawa, and the National Arts Centre's Ontario Scene, the exhibition featured works by Karen Abel, Alana Bartol, Philip Beesley, Cass Gardiner, Robert Hengeveld, Andrew Pelling, Johl Ringuette and Jennifer Willet.

Daniel Modulevsky and Andrew Pelling, Re-Purposed 46 (Table Installation), 2015. 
Apples, Human Epithelial and Fibroblast Cells, plastic Petri dishes and epoxy.

An excerpt from the exhibition catalogue reads: "The emerging field of bioart includes a diverse range of practices from the lab, the wilderness, and cities, which use cells, microbes, plants, and bodies (human and otherwise) in the production of art. BioART: Collaborating with Life embraces biological techniques throughout human history as media art and explores complex collaborations between artists and other life forms in the production of cultural expressions. Featuring Ontario artists whose diverse practices merge with life sciences and biotechnology, BioART engages viewers in an evaluation of bioethics that results from the manipulation of life for human and cultural ends."