Curated by J.D. Talasek on behalf of National Academy of Sciences
The works in this set question the traditional authorities of art and science by presenting innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and hybrids that bring new perspectives to complex problems and big ideas.
Collapse is a visualization of an ecosystem that has threatened the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The installation is a pyramid of specimen models and it contains thousands of different specimens representing the ecosystem that has been threatened by the oil spill.
Protein is a painting in a series of drawings, paintings, and silkscreens based on the work of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Rod MacKinnon. Some of these paintings were recently displayed at the National Academy of Sciences in an exhibit entitled Crossing the Line curated by Marvin Heiferman.
The collaboration between Settles and Tonsor is a “social sculpture,” based on Joseph Beuy’s idea of art as revolutionary tool that crosses spheres of human activity. Tonsor’s work deals with evolutionary diversification and plant ecology.
Semiconductor is Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, an artist duo from the UK. They primarily work with video and sound installations to explore our physical place in the world and our relationship to it.
This set of prints draws on the visuals of male copulatory organs in beetles, or the aedeagi. The collages of aedeagi are made from the insides of security envelopes allowing for a play on words of male/mail delivery system.
- knowledge production
- scientific methodology
- biological specimens
- visual iconography
- cell membranes
- evolutionary process
- wall drawings
- plant ecology
- evolutionary diversification
- seismic data
- time based media
- sound installation
- video installation
- art practice