Digital print by David Hart
Jewett Art Gallery
Curated by Gallery Director Clara Lieu
Opening Reception: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4:45-6pm
Gallery Talk: Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30pm, David Hart
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 9:50am, Constance Jacobson
Exhibit Dates: Oct. 25-Nov. 27, 2011
Gallery Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
“PRIMORDIAL” examines artists who create new universes and life forms. Themes and ideas of generation, evolution, and genetics, are explored by these artists in both new and traditional media. Fabricated organisms ranging in scale from a microscopic to cosmic level become present and alive in these imagined worlds by their close resemblance to actual scientific imagery.
Boston Globe, Oct. 25, 2011:
David Hart is a computer scientist and artist who works with interactive artificial evolution, a computational analogy to natural selection, which allows him to grow and create images using mathematical equations. Hart begins with very simple equations which are mutated randomly to produce a population of new equations. He then selectively chooses images which are cross-bred and randomly mutated to produce the next generation. Using software that he has written himself, this process repeats for hundreds of generations before the final images are achieved.
Hart studied computer graphics and mathematics at the University of Utah and Cornell University. He has worked in the fields of digital art, medical imaging, video games, and computer generated films. He currently lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Constance Jacobson works in printmaking and digital media to create fabricated scientific imagery from an imagined parallel universe. Her images make references to cellular morphologies and communities. In her digital work, Jacobson uses a scanner as a camera by placing everyday objects such as Q-tips, corn kernels, and dried mango slices on the scanning bed. The tonal range references imagery produced by the scanning of an electron microscope.
Jacobson is currently a Professor of Printmaking at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She completed her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and also studied at Chatham College and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the New York Public Library, the DeCordova Museum, and the Fogg Art Museum.
Installation by Constance Jacobson