Japanese scientist/fisherman/artist Iori Tomita is the man behind this curious collection of see-through animals, which form part of his project called ‘New World Transparent Specimens’. The specimens are created using a preservation and dyeing technique usually only used for scientific purposes, such as examining the skeletal system and the underlying biological makeup. Tomita uses an enzyme to dissolve the natural proteins in the flesh. He then injects red dyes into the harder bones and blue dyes into the softer cartilage, thus highlighting usually unseen internal structures. The dead creature is then preserved in a jar of glycerin. Tomita started to create these transparent specimens as pieces of work to help people feel closer to the wonders of life and say that there are no limits to how people may interpret his work – as academic material, a piece of art, or even an entrance to philosophy. Magic!
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Arian Behzadi is currently a Biological Sciences major with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis. In between classes he does personal and commissioned visual design work. He has always found parallels between art and the sciences so a lot of his studies find their way into his artwork. Aside from design work, Arian interns at the Same Day Surgery Center at the UCD Medical Center and does research at the Carraway/Sweeney Cancer Lab. Sweet!
For more than two decades, multi-artist Beverly Fishman has explored our relationship to science and medicine in a variety of different media. Mixing optical patterns with vibrant colours and representational elements taken from pharmaceuticals and scientific imaging system her paintings, sculptures, and work on paper raise the question about the relationship between technology, our bodies and our minds. Her exhibition ‘Pill Spill’ consisted of filling the Toledo Museum of Art with more than 120 unique glass capsules in different sizes. An idea with is both beautiful, addictive and totally free od unpleasant side effects.
Zhong Biao was born in 1968 in the middle of the Chinese Sichuan Province. After graduating in from China’s Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied oil painting, his work has been exhibited all over the world. Actually it might not be over the top to call him China’s most famous contemporary paintor and over the years he has been taking on the visual experiences of an era as the image source of his works, including sculpture and china representing China’s past glories, the labor models of the Cultural Revolution, and such symbols of modern life as McDonalds and Boeing aircrafts.
Born in 1976 in Marseille (France), Gaëlle Villedary is an artist who loves to experiment with materials and create spaces that allow the viewer to interact. A good example of this is her eco-friendly installation in the village of Zhozhak, a small community located in the south of France. She was invited there for the celebration of the ten year anniversary of the initiative Art and Nature Trail, and Villedary decided to create an organic carpet that ran through the village to join the natural areas that are located on both sides. One of the objectives with the project was to show the path of development of the modern village, closer to nature, more active and harmonious use of natural resources, but the the installation also represents the rebirth of life on the road.
Canadian artist Martin Ouellette’s paintings are inspired by photos of common objects decaying in the urban landscape. With his work he has set out to find the beauty in the banal as he observes the transition from mass-produced objects to trash. His vibrant paintings are full of details; worn out magazines, wires, rusted nails or wooden poles layered with staples and torn up paper, but one thing is sure, if anyone can make decayed objects look like a work of art, it’s definitely Martin Ouellette.
Lola Dupré is a artist and illustrator currently working near Avignon in the south of France. Using paper, scissors and glue she disassembles and assembles photographs into meticulously, contoured mosaic-like collages. Wow wow wow!
Robert Seidel Art Films.