Don't Miss 'Specimens'

Jan 12, 2011

When you fuse art with science--or science with art--the end results can be stunning.

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.

This will include several special events: a reception on Jan. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.; a talk by Byron Wolfe, photographer and professor of art at California State University, Chico, who will discuss the work of pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge; and a juror’s walk-through from 6 to 7 p.m.,  Feb. 11. All are free and open to the public. (See more information.)

Diane Ullman, co-founder and co-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.

“The artwork we received from artists across the nation explores the creative nexus where art and science interconnect," said Ullman, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs at the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and professor of entomology.  "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."

One of the works, by Joanna Kidd of Davis, is titled "Specimens." It is comprised of three wall cases and a floor case.  Specimens are small human sculptures (see top photo), all pinned and displayed as they would be in an insect collection.

So very creative!

Housefield's comment about the ways that artists and scientists can inspire one another definitely holds true with "Specimens."

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

ENTOMOLOGIST-ARTIST Diane Ullman served as a juror for

Diane Ullman

PROFESSOR OF DESIGN James Housefield of UC Davis  juried the art show with entomologist-artist Diane Ullman. (Photo by Taylor Lahey)

James Housefield

'SPECIMENS'  by artist Johanna Kidd of Davis is comprised of three wall cases and a floor case. Specimens are small human sculptures, all pinned and displayed as they would be in an insect collection. (Photo provided by Johanna Kidd)