_earth • science • art / sixteen collaborative explorations pairs artists from California’s Central Coast and San Francisco Bay Area with scientists from the Santa Cruz-based U.S. Geological Survey's Pacific Marine and Coastal Science Center. In each partnership, the scientist's research provides a starting point for the artists to create new works and to explore the ways in which science and art each study and represent the world around us.
In June 2012, an exhibit at the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz, California, will feature the newly-created artworks alongside informational displays by the participating scientists. Two panel discussions during the month will give the public an opportunity to speak with the artists and scientists about their collaborations.
THE ARTISTS work in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, video, textiles, and 3-D materials. Their approaches include scientific illustration, contemporary abstraction, and time-based conceptual work.
THE SCIENTISTS’ research is wide-ranging and includes study of migratory bird patterns; deep water reserves of precious metals; potential effects of natural and anthropogenic hazards; movement of sediment through wind, waves, and currents; and mapping climate change as it impacts human communities and natural environments. The scientists’ areas of specialization include geology, biology, geography, geochemistry, and oceanography.
For more information or to help support the project, contact Lisa at info@EarthScienceArtSC.com.