Eclosion - the act of an adult insect emerging from its pupal case – symbolizes Art.Science.Gallery.’s transformation from a pop-up gallery to a brick-and-mortar venue. Artworks address the role of insects in the natural and changing world, including aesthetic, cultural, economic, educational and scientific aspects of entomology – the study of insects. Through this artwork, we hope to increase public understanding of insects, entomology, biodiversity and the importance of science and conservation.
Co-curators Barrett Klein (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, www.pupating.org) and Hayley Gillespie (Art.Science.Gallery.) have assembled artworks that range from exquisite illustrations to human-insect collaborations. Steven Kutcher’s darkling beetles paint with colored feet while Jennifer Angus’ real and hybrid insects carry out human-like activities. Carel Brest van Kempen’s humans experience insect-like metamorphosis and Vincent Fink’s Lord Worm reigns in Atlas Metamorphosis.
The exhibition features 56 works by 43 artists, which were chosen by an esteemed jury of entomologist-artists Dr. Mark Moffett (National Geographic), Dr. Walter Tschinkel (University of Florida), Dr. David Maddison (Oregon State University) and Dr. Diane Ullman (University of California at Davis). ECLOSION aims to increase public appreciation of insects, entomology and biodiversity through the visual arts.
|Amanda D. North
|Andrea V. Uravitch
||La Crosse, WI
|Brigette Zacharczenko (Weird Bug Lady)
|Carel Brest van Kempen
||Orland Park, IL
|David C. Montgomery
||Fernandina Beach, FL
||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
||Rocky River, OH
|Ian M. Wright
|Jessee J. Smith
||University Park, MD
|John + Kendra Abbott
||San Francisco, CA
|Karen Anne Klein
||Pleasant Ridge, MI
|Reagan D. Pufall
||San Francisco, CA
||Falls Church, VA
- November 18, 2013 | Art.Science: Shedding a Scenic Tear by David Maddison, The Subulate Palpomere blog
- November 15, 2013 | Take Five (New Stops) by Wayne Alan Brenner, The Austin Chronicle
- November 12, 2013 | Art, Science, and Insects by Gwen Pearson, Entomology Today
- November 11, 2013 | East Austin Studio Tour: Why you should check out insect-related art and artists hives this weekend and next by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin 360.com
- November 5, 2013 | Gettin’ Buggy With It? Yes, Gettin’ Very Buggy With It! by Waye Alan Brenner, The Austin Chronicle
- November 1, 2013 | Rare Specimen by Brook Lewis, Austin Monthly Magazine
- November 1, 2013 | Press Release announcing location + events
- October 31, 2013 | Austin Chronicle Visual Arts Calendar
- October 7, 2013 | Press Release announcing Participating Artists + Events
- August 27, 2013 | Press Release announcing ECLOSION Sponsors and Jurors
- July 31, 2013 | Press Release for Open Call for Entomological Art
The Entomological Society of America
The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Little Herds + World Ento
Holland Photo Imaging
Jerry’s Artarama Austin
Home Depot I-35 at Slaughter
East Side Lumber
Austin ISD Science Curriculum + Fine Arts Departments
Michael Slavik, Realtor® – Goldwasser Real Estate
Pate + Eva (Austin, TX)
Mary, Tristan, Wesley + Ian Clum (Albuquerque, NM)
Very special thanks to Big Medium + Canopy, Cole Weatherby, Cinde Weatherby, Missy + Jack Gillespie, John + Joji Abraham, Genevieve Smith, Matt Norris, Sam Scarpino, + Danny Boone.
Art.Science.Gallery. will be hosting several events during the exhibition. All events are FREE and open to the public, but please RSVP using the links below.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 7-11pm | Opening Reception featuring insect hors d’oeuvres by Austin-based non-profit Little Herds + WorldEnto! [RSVP]
Sunday, November 10, 4pm | Visiting Artist Lecture by sustainable artist Emily Bryant, who will discuss her sustainable-material collages of invasive insect species using invasive plants removed from parks. [RSVP]
Tuesday, November 12, 8pm | Visiting Artist Lecture + Book Signing by Damselflies of Texas: A Field Guide (University of Texas Press) author Dr. John Abbott and illustrator Dr. Barrett Klein. [RSVP] Click here to reserve your book for pickup at the event!
November 16-17 + 23-24 | EAST Austin Studio Tour hours 11am – 6pm with insect hors d’oeuvres by Austin-based Little Herds + WorldEnto on Saturday, November 16th 3-6pm [RSVP]
The exhibition coincides with the 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (Nov 10-13), which will bring 3,000 entomologists to Austin and the 2013 EAST Austin Studio Tour (Nov 16-17 + 23-24). Interactive links between artworks and images of rare and endangered species will be provided by creative partner ARKive.