Making Life Visible: Art, Biology and Visualization


Making Life Visible: Art, Biology, and Visualization explores the processes of visualization and description in art and biology by featuring work by 16 contemporary artists and scientists, as well as historical material from the 16th to 19th centuries. The exhibit will be on display at Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa from February 2 - June 10, 2018.

The show features works from Molecule of the Month creator David Goodsell, including paintings of Autophagy and Zika.

In the past, biologists and artists had similar training in observation and drawing. Though the fields have diverged, individual practitioners on both sides continue to draw inspiration from one another, finding new ideas in the process of creating images. The exhibition asks: what do artists and biologists see, and how do their ways of seeing challenge and stimulate one another? Exhibition subjects range from molecules and cells, to organisms and ecosystems, and the artists/scientists work in labs, studios, museums, and in the field.

The show is curated by Professor Jackie Brown, Biology Department and Dr. Lesley Wright, director, Faulconer Gallery and funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DEB-1457741).

RCSB PDB News ImageLeft: Tara Shukla, Pelvic Bone, 2016. Charcoal on paper, 30 x 22 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Justin Hayworth. Right: David Goodsell, Selective Autophagy 1,000,000X, 2016. Watercolor and ink on paper, 14 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist; from the Molecule of the Month feature on Aminopeptidase 1 and Autophagy

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