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Where Is the Art in Bio Art? Opening Reception

October 1, 2014 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Red, green, yellow, and brown organic material in glass container plates with vertical shapes in different heights.


October 1, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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School of Visual Arts presents Where is the Art in Bio Art?—an exhibition of biologically-infused art that makes use of a variety of materials and media including sculpture that grows mushrooms, fluorescent bacteria paintings, and a bio-luminescent bubble machine. Also video, sculpture and other media artworks are presented. The exhibition will be on view September 27 through October 18 at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City. The Opening Reception will be held on October 1st, from 6 to 8pm.

Created by BFA Fine Arts students, alumni and faculty, these works were generated in the state-of-the-art SVA Bio Art Lab, the first facility of its kind in the United States. The exhibition is curated by Suzanne Anker, chair of BFA Fine Arts and an internationally recognized Bio Art pioneer.

“Bio Art summons awareness of the political, economic and social consequences of altering life,” explains Anker. “It is supported in myriad formats, from painting and sculpture to performance art and new media installations. Artists employ biological processes such as cloning, tissue engineering and plant breeding, and incorporate plants, animals, microorganisms, sensors and soil, among other materials, into their work.” Read full article by Suzanne Anker: The beginnings and the ends of Bio Art at Artlink

The Bio Art Lab was founded in 2011 as part of the BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA as a place where scientific tools and techniques become tools and techniques in art practice. Housing skeleton collections, specimen collections, slide collections, microscopes for photo and video, an herbarium, an aquarium and a library, the Lab is located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea gallery district at 335 West 16th Street.