Consilience of Art and Science Exhibit Set Jan. 14-Feb. 27 at Pence Gallery: Attend Reception, Juror's Walk-Through, Artist Talk
Jan. 10, 2011
Entomology professor-artist Diane Ullman juried "The Consilience of Art and Science Exhibit" with James Housefield, professor of design at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) James Housefield, professor of design at UC Davis, juried the show with entomology professor Diane Ullman. (Photo by Taylor Lahey)
DAVIS--The UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program and the Pence Gallery, Davis, are co-sponsoring a “Consilience of Art and Science Exhibit,” set Jan. 14-Feb. 27, at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., Davis. It will include several special events: a reception on Jan. 14; an artist’s talk on Jan. 15; and a juror’s walk-through on Feb. 11. All are free and open to the public.
Diane Ullman, co-founder and director of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, and James Housefield, professor of design at UC Davis, juried the show, which drew artists from California, including Davis and northern California; New Mexico, Oregon, Washington state, and New York. Ullman is an associate dean for undergraduate academic programs at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES), and professor of entomology.
“The artwork we received from artists across the nation explores the creative nexus where art and science interconnect," Ullman said. "The exhibit is visually and intellectually exciting and we commend the Pence Gallery for sponsoring it.”
Said Housefield: "Artists' investigations of the forms, structures, practices, and philosophies of science have provided long provided ways for the general public to dream about what art and science can become. We are very fortunate that the resources of the University of California, the arts communities of Davis, and a national array of contemporary artists come together in the space where art and science meet. I hope that this version of the 'Consilience' exhibition will spark more conversations about the ways that artists and scientists may inspire one another."
Reception: Jan. 14
The reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14.
Artist’s Talk: Jan. 15
The artist’s talk on Saturday, Jan. 15 features Byron Wolfe, photographer and professor of art at California State University, Chico, who will discuss his recently completed series examining the work of photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge. His talk begins at 11 a.m., in the Pence Gallery.
Wolfe, a Guggenheim scholar, will examine Muybridge’s Central American work that took place in the late 1870s. Muybridge (1830–1904) , a native of London, is known for his pioneering work in animal locomotion and for his zoopraxiscope, an early device for displaying motion pictures. In a project commissioned by Leland Stanford, former governor of California and a racehorse enthusiast, Muybridge proved that a galloping horse has, at one time, all four feet off the ground.
Wolfe and another Guggenheim scholar, Catherine Chalmers of New York City, are the invited artists for the Jan. 14-Feb. 27 exhibit. Chalmers, who does videography and other art mediums, was the keynote speaker at a UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program in January 2009. She discussed “Sex, Food Chains and Cockroaches.”
Juror’s Walk-Through: Feb. 11
Anneliese Vobis, Santa Rosa, created “Radiolarian Ooze.” (Courtesy Photo) Joanna Kidd’s "Specimens" features small human sculptures that are pinned as they would be in an insect collection. (Courtesy Photo) Close-up of Kidd "Specimens." (Courtesy Photo)
A juror’s walk-through will be Friday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Pence Gallery. Attendance is free.
The selected artists, the titles of their work and the medium, are:
Barbara Nepom, Seattle, “Life Lines,” textile
Betty Busby, Albuquerque, N.M., “Nucleus" and "Raptor,” textile
Anneliese Vobis, Santa Rosa, “Radiolarian Ooze” and “Hybrid Organism,” multimedia/sculptural
John Sollinger, Ashland, “Radiance,” mosaic
Elizabeth Kaino Hopper, Sacramento, “Playful Gardener,” textile
Judith Golden and Michael Radin, Sacramento, “Watch It Rot,” multimedia
Joanna Kidd, Davis, “Specimens (three wall cases and a floor case)” and “Preserves,” ceramics, multimedia, visual illusion
Mike Dickau, Sacramento, “Trichinosis Plate,” ceramic
Rebecca Beer, Davis, “Making Eggs,” confocal microscopy
Carole Bernard, Davis, “The Big Bang,” a drawing, and “Residents of 2 Branes,” a painting
Julian Voss-Andrae, Portland, Ore., “Quantum Corral,” “Universe” and “Aristotelian Proteins,” bronze sculptures
Martha Gegan, Davis, “Sacred Cows of Science,” ceramic mosaic
Renee Dryfoos, Joy Elson, Barbara Engel and Linda Schwartz, Davis, “Down with CO2,” ceramic tiles
Jiayi and Shih-Wen Young, Sacramento, “Circling the Square,” “Resonating in Pi” and “One Moment in Time,” multimedia
Richard Gilles, Davis, “Mistaken Sense of Local Realism” and “Particle and Wave,” photography
Terry Nathan, Davis, “Smoke Dance Study #31,” “Smoke Dance Study #19” and “Smoke Dance Study #12,” photography
Marilyn Judson, Davis, “California Poppy,” paper sculpture
Co-sponsor of the event is the Louise Hess Foundation of Sacramento Region Community Foundation, with assistance from Bob and Joanne Andresen, Davis.
The UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program is co-founded by Ullman and Davis artist Donna Billick, who direct the program, offering classes to UC Davis students and workshops for area residents. Some of their work is on display at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology