Art Meets Science in a New Group Show at Peters Projects
A brilliant work by has said that her inspiration was, “to present the visual similarity between a beekeeper and an astronaut,” which she approached by “[creating] a narrative around which the beekeeper’s aim is to help maintain biological life on the planet and the astronaut became the starkeeper maintaining life in the cosmos.” Unlike with her earlier works, where she explored scale and the representation of celestial landscapes through pigments, here, Albuquerque worked collaboratively with Chandler McWilliams and Jon Beasley to create animated digital pixels that would expand and condense, deconstructing and reforming the images over time. This fluid metamorphosis allows the figure to take on multiple identities—a beekeeper, an astronaut, or an ambiguous, celestial being.
While Albuquerque’s work illustrates the instability of particles,
investigates the impact of “communication technologies [on] collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation” with her piece Nanomandala (2004). A video projected onto sand uses a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to render the image of a grain of sand seen at a molecular level, scaling it up progressively into a complete mandala. Merging media arts, nanoscience, and biotechnology, Vesna worked with Tibetan Buddhist monks to create this most radiant, layered work.
The works featured in “Inventory of Light” show a powerful interplay between artistic expression and scientific discovery. In the interstitial space between these two modes of practice, artists and scientists find new, generative forms.
“Inventory of Light” is on view at Peters Projects, Santa Fe, Mar. 27–Apr. 25, 2015.