BITS – Living Canvas at STATE Studio

Fara Peluso literally makes canvas come to life. For the past few months, the Berlin-based artist and designer has been collaborating with Solaga—a startup specializing in the use of algae for clean air, energy, and a range of sustainable systems—to create a living, breathing wall installation out of algae biofilm. Mounted within a quadratic glass frame, this stunning experimental work grows and breathes in real time. By cultivating an energy generating algae biofilms before viewers’…

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BITS – Duality by Jody Rasch

Images from electron microscopy, particle accelerators, and radio astronomy are beautifully transformed in sciartist Jody Rasch’s spectra series (2018), on view until February 1, 2019 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. The series is part of a larger exhibit titled Duality: Art + Science, which was curated by the AAAS as part of its Art of Science and Technology Program. Rasch’s vibrant works toy with preconceptions about scale and colour, abstraction and…

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WORKS – Orca Dreams by Ilka Bauer

Ilka Bauer’s latest works are stunning meditations on opposition. Through large, highly detailed drawings of the natural world, she explores the intersections of seemingly disparate concepts: art and science, life and death, miniature and massive. Her latest show, Orca Dreams, is the culmination of these gorgeous explorations. On until January 26 at the Gage Gallery in Victoria, BC, the exhibition invites viewers to explore the subjectivity of the boundary between the Real, the Unfamiliar, and…

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CREATORS – Madge Evers

You know what they say: a picture’s worth a billion spores. Massachusetts-based artist Madge Evers works in a surprising medium: mushroom spore prints. Each of her exquisite works starts with a fungal form—either grown in her garden or foraged from the woods and fields that surround her home. Evers gently places her muse upon her canvas, then waits until the specimen starts to release its spores. These tiny objects—about 16 billion of them in a typical field mushroom—float through the…

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BITS: Negative Capability by Dove Allouche

Ambrotypes, heliogravures, and photolithographs—artist Dove Allouche seems to have a passion for long words and complex photographic techniques. His latest exhibit, Negative Capability, is on at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC, until December 30 and features a stunning and varied array of works. Allouche expressed a desire to “make visible that which otherwise remains unseen, hidden or buried” and this comes through in his photographs. With more than twenty pieces spanning 2009-2018, the exhibition…

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BITS: Stories & Structures – New Connections

Microscopes meet Indigenous art in Stories & Structures – New Connections, a new exhibition touring through Australia until March 2019. The show weaves together micrographs of natural phenomena with stunning paintings by Indigenous artists from across the country, revealing unexpected and striking similarities. The two sets of images, both of which are used to pass on knowledge and shape our understanding of the natural world, reflect and refract each other, offering a new look at…

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WORKS – WUNDERKAMMER by Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins is a Chicago-based visual artist. She creates otherworldly environments that investigate the complex relationships between humans, nature, and the cosmos by layering biomorphic forms. Her works feature intricate details and striking colour palettes. In her series Wunderkammer, Robbins presents her compositions in radial view. Is there an underlying theme that connects these works? Paintings in this series are like a cabinet of curiosities that offer diverse collections of wonder. Each work focuses on a…

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BITS – Mini Series by Beauty of Science

Created by filmmaker and photographer Wenting Zhu, Mini Series leaves us awestruck as we are propelled into the microscopic world of chemical reactions. This project is among many other captivating films from Beauty of Science, a studio that creates inspiring content for science education and outreach. “The microscope can be used not only for scientific observation, but also for artistic creation. I mixed pigments with other chemicals in a small petri dish, recorded their movements and shapes through the microscope,…

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WORKS – Herman Kolgen’s ISOTOPP at MUTEK Montreal

Herman Kolgen is a multimedia artist based in Montreal, Canada. His performance-based work ISOTOPP made its North American debut at Mutek Montreal this August. ISOTOPP is the culmination of a recently completed two year artist residency at the Large National Heavy Ion Accelerator (GANIL) in France. Here, researchers study heavy ions colliding with their target nuclei, travelling at speeds up to 1/3 of the speed of light. Kolgen’s performance aimed to conceptualize the research led by…

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