a tree is not a forest

Date: Aug 31 - Sep 15, 2017

Time(s): 9 AM – 5 PM Weekdays

Opening Reception: August 15 , 5 – 7 PM in Patton Malott Gallery

Gallery Talk: 6:00 PM in Patton Malott Gallery


Exhibition Synopsis

Survival has always been based on partnerships, whether it’s two creatures cooperating for a mutually desired outcome, or a hand, claw or paw using a tool. This exhibition highlights those uncommon partnerships, and new alliances.

The title of this show addresses the difference between perception of the world as made up of individuals, or the reality of what Martin Luther King referred to as our “inescapable network of mutuality.” Science and art are inextricably entwined; there is an interplay between art and biology, art that addresses evolution, and issues of the environment. Can the science /art collaboration challenge notions of beauty, of how we understand the universe, of how we see? The artists in this show all address and pose questions around these topics.

Susanne Anker, chair of the Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Art has used the term Bio Art, and states; ‘Summoning awareness of the political, economic and social consequences of altering life is of particular importance to bio art. From relational aesthetics to performance art, from the institutional critique to new media installations, from photographic realities to manipulated ones, bio art is supported across myriad formats. Scientific paraphernalia, biological processes, body fluids and serums support this evolving body of work. Dead or live animals, plants, and microorganisms often appear in art installations.

We can be detached from the processes of life on earth or we can follow them closely and engage with the actions that form our world. We may shine a light in doing so. ‘The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.


Artist Bios:

Fred Tomaselli has shown his work in museums, biennials and galleries around the world, including MoMA, MoCA, and SFMoMA. Solo museum shows include the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, S.I.T.E. Santa Fe, The Albright Knox Gallery, The Fruitmarket Gallery, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Aspen Art Museum, The Brooklyn Art Museum, the Orange County Art Museum and the Toledo Art Museum. A native Californian, he has lived in Brooklyn since 1985. His work is represented by White Cube, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Pam Longobardi’s parents, an ocean lifeguard and the Delaware state diving champion, connected her from an early age to water. After discovering mountains of plastic on remote Hawaiian shores in 2006, she founded the Drifters Project, centralizing the artist as culture worker/activist/researcher. Now a global collaborative entity, Drifters Project has removed tens of thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situated it as communicative social sculpture.  Winner of the prestigious Hudgens Prize and Distinguished Professor at Georgia State University,Longobardi has been featured in National Geographic, SIERRA magazine, the Weather Channel and in exhibitions around the world.

Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theorist working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including the ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the Phillips Collection, P.S.1 Museum, the JP Getty Museum, the Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charite in Berlin, the Center for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, the Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Her books include The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, co-authored with the late sociologist Dorothy Nelkin, published in 2004 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Visual Culture and Bioscience, co-published by University of Maryland and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Her writings have appeared in Art and America, Seed Magazine, Nature Reviews Genetics, Art Journal, Tema Celeste and M/E/A/N/I/N/G. Her work has been the subject of reviews and articles in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, and Nature. She has been a speaker at Harvard University, the Royal Society in London, Cambridge University, Yale University, the London School of Economics, the Max-Planck Institute, Universitiy of Leiden, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Banff Art Center any many others..

Jody Guralnick has lived in Aspen for 30 years. She has been represented by the David Floria Gallery, and has shown work nationally and internationally, including the Flomenhaft Gallery in Nyc, the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, and closer to home, the Aspen Art Museum, the Denver Contemporary Biennial, the Boulder Art Museum, as well as a visiting Artists residency at the American Academy in Rome. She has degrees from St. Martin’s School of Art in London and Pratt Institute in New York.

Catherine Chalmers holds a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. She has exhibited her artwork around the world, including MoMA P.S.1; MassMoca, Kunsthalle Vienna; MOCA Taipei; among others. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Out New York, ArtNews, Artforum and onPBS, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. Two books have been published on her work: FOOD CHAIN (Aperture 2000) and AMERICAN COCKROACH (Aperture 2004). Her video “Safari” won Best Experimental Short at SXSW Film Festival in 2008. In 2010 Chalmers received at Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2015 she was awarded a Rauschenberg Residency. She lives in New York City.

Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Mass., in 1961. He received a B.F.A. (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, in Connecticut. He also attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, and is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University in the United Kingdom (2014).