Source: Mohr Gallery, Mountain View, California
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - The Mohr Gallery in Finn Center presents UNNATURAL SELECTION, an installation exhibition by artists Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke. The exhibition will be on display from October 27, 2014 through December 7, 2014. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, November 7 from 6pm - 8pm.
Unnatural Selection brings together ideas incorporated into both artists' works connecting evolutionary biology and social/ cultural influences of people's impact on the environment. Through works on paper along with a collaborative interactive installation made with silkscreen prints and pine pollen, both artists explore and engage what “unnatural selection” is and what it also can become. Horizon, the collaborative interactive installation, involves 3000 circular papers printed with silkscreen images by Karimi. The images were dusted with yellow pine pollen, collected from local forest preserves in Berkeley, by Stucke. The viewer is asked to take one piece of paper from a stack - changing the “horizon” line and providing more opportunities for plant germination to take place. The piece explores ideas of overpopulation, propagation, and human and plant interaction through unnatural means.
Pantea Karimi is a member of the Community School of Music and Arts faculty, and also teaches at Cabrillo College in Aptos. She holds two masters degrees (from San Jose State University and the Art University in Tehran, Iran) in graphic design, painting and printmaking. In her works, ranging from video to mixed-media prints and paintings, Karimi tackles sociopolitical issues.
Amber Stucke is a Bay Area artist, writer and naturalist. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and has also had additional studies at Goldsmith’s College in London and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through drawings, interactive installations, artist books and prints, she connects the strong detail in her work to ideas within artistic research as well as to dialogues between art and science.
Gallery's Address: Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040
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