Exhibition: Imag(in)ing

Tuesday 27 February 2018
A  false coloured Scanning Electron Microscopy image of a radiolara, taken by Roger Heady
SEM image of a Radiolara sp., by Roger Heady

A new art exhibition, Imag(in)ing opens today at the Ewart Gallery in Sydney. This exhibition is part of the Workshop Arts Centre's Festival Of Other Arts exhibition, in conjunction with Art Month in Sydney.

This exhibition involves scientists and artists from the ANU and Sydney University, and came about through an initial collaboration between the curator Jane Theau and CAM. We are delighted to have been involved through the use of stunning SEM images by Melanie Rug and Roger Heady.

The ANU scientists also involved in this exhibition are Alex Maier, Leonie Quinn and Tim Senden. The ANU artists involved are Julie Brooke, Deirdre Feeney, Erica Seccombe, and Jane Theau.

A description of the exhibition:

'Imagining is at the heart of what artists and scientists do. They imagine what might exist, and what already exists that has yet to be discovered. The artist's studio and the scientist's laboratory are two of the rare places left for open-ended inquiry. In these spaces the big questions are addressed: "What is true? How can I improve my world by what I discover, what I create, and what I do?"

In this exhibition, scientific images of breathtaking beauty and technical refinement have been handed over to twelve artists who have imagined them into being in a completely new way in the form of sculptures, paintings, cyanotype prints, digital photographs, videos and tailor made optical devices. Several of these artists had careers in science before becoming established artists, demonstrating the crossover between the two disciplines. Researchers from the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, working in areas as diverse as cancer and malaria research and metallurgical engineering, have been involved. There are, in effect, two exhibitions in one!'

The official opening will be held at the gallery on Thursday, 1st March at 6.00 pm, by Dr Leonie Quinn, Leader of the Quinn Group – Cancer Models, JCSMR.

Exhibition dates: 27th February - 17th March, 2018

Venue: Ewart Gallery, 33 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW.


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