‘Inner Space, Global Matters’ exhibition held at UHCL
October 18, 2012
Geraldine Ondrizek engages diverse artistic media to portray, explore and enhance images of the genetic testing of human and animal cellular tissue as reproduced by geneticists and biologists. An exhibition of her work titled “Inner Space, Global Matter: Recording from the Structures Within | Geraldine Ondrizek – Works from 2008 through 2012” opens with a reception and panel discussion at University of Houston-Clear Lake on Monday, Nov. 19, 5–7 p.m. The show is on exhibition through Feb. 1, 2013 in the UH-Clear Lake Art Gallery housed in the university’s Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. The gallery will also host a contemporary dance performance in response to the exhibition on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in the gallery.
Ondrizek’s exhibition is part of a larger collaboration between three institutions. A special presentation of her signature work titled “Cellular,” incorporating the video and sound of actual cells dividing, is exhibiting simultaneously at Space Center Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, and Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios. Ondrizek’s “Chromosome Painting,” an aesthetic rendering of a synteny map, is also on display at the UHCL Art Gallery. The continuation of this colorful expression of genomic sequencing on silk panels is shown in the Special Collections Room of the UHCL Alfred R. Neumann Library.
The showcasing of Ondrizek’s expression of microbial life in NASA’s historic communities of Texas and Florida proposes important questions about art and science, comprising the curatorial objective for discussion in the opening reception/panel event and for the published exhibition catalogue, which features an essay by the exhibition’s curator Jane Chin Davidson, an assistant professor of art history at UHCL. Ondrizek is a professor of art at Reed College in Portland, Ore.
In conjunction with the Nov. 19 opening reception, Ondrizek will join experts from various disciplines to talk about the context of her work in the panel “Intersections of Art, Science & Technology.” The artist joins Amy Lampazzi, a mathematics lecturer at UHCL; Darrin Leleux, an engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center; and Lory Z. Santiago-Vázquez, an assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at UHCL. The discussion will be moderated by Davidson. The Jan. 23 dance production will feature the talents of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Specially choreographed by Dominic Walsh in response to the works featured in the exhibition, the performance adds yet another layer of interdisciplinarity to the entire project.
Admission is free to the opening reception/panel event, and free parking will be available in the visitor parking lot or Lot D. To RSVP, contact the UHCL Art Gallery by calling 281-283-3311 or by emailing email@example.com. Admission is free for the dance performance, but registration is limited and parking is available in the visitor parking lot (Lot R) for $5. Prospective attendees are asked to sign up at http://dwdtperformance.eventbrite.com. General admission to the gallery is free during regular gallery hours, and visitors can park in the visitor parking lot for $5. Visit http://www.uhcl.edu/maps
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Geraldine Ondrizek’s visit and exhibition is generously supported by Houston Endowment Inc., UHCL Cultural Arts, Office of University Advancement and Office of the Dean of the School of Human Sciences and Humanities. Support for the catalog is provided by United Space Alliance and Florida International University. In-kind support is provided by Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.
Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this event should contact Office of Disability Services at 281-283-2626 at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.