The Art Gallery will fuse the aesthetics of fine art and photography with the often invisible beauty of the natural world to create a first of its kind presentation with the exhibition ‘Life As Art: Images From an Unseen World.’
As the culmination of a multi-year collaboration between COC biology professors Kelly Burke and Kelly Cude, this exhibition includes more than 60 micrographs (photographs taken with a microscope) produced while working in the college’s biology laboratories.
“I am very proud of this marvelous collaboration between the Art Gallery, the biology department and these two terrific instructors,” said Larry Hurst, director of the COC Art Gallery. “I think that the community will agree that this show represents a wonderful partnership between the visual arts and the life sciences.”
Designed to introduce viewers to depictions of the natural world that are rarely, if ever, seen, this exhibition will amaze audiences with its array of abstract, sophisticated and microscopically enhanced images of real world objects.
“To me this show is an opportunity for people to change their perspective of the world around them by experiencing the intrinsic beauty and complexity of the microscopic world,” said Cude. “When people realize that an entire microscopic universe can exist in a single drop of pond water, or that humans are made up of trillions and trillions of independent living cells, they cannot help but be amazed and have a deeper appreciation for life.”
Micrographs on display will include artful depictions of plants, animals and microbes, as well as a variety of human cells and tissues. Many of the images come from the college’s biological slide and specimen collection. Others were specifically cultured and prepared, or collected from natural environments.
“My goal for this project was to create images of the microscopic world that I love so much, and attempt to share that beauty with others,” said Burke. “To my surprise, I’ve gained a new appreciation for abstract representation.”
The exhibition ‘Life as Art: Images From an Unseen World’ will be on display at the COC Art Gallery from Monday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.
An artist reception will take place in the Art Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours are welcome to contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.
All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.