The Akus Gallery is presenting "Unnatural Variations: A Playful Look at Science and Art" from March 15 through April 26. The opening reception will take place on March 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Akus Gallery. "Unnatural Variations" draws together the work of five artists, all of whose work references forms and themes seen in many different types of science.
Mia Brownell, a Chicago native, was born to a sculptor and a biophysicist. Her paintings are in several different collections such as Wellington Management, Fidelity Investments and the National Academy of Sciences.
Irene K. Miller's work is influenced by Post Minimalism and Neo-Geo. In order to create her Sightlines and Floaters mono-prints, she combines ephemeral resources such as dust, seeds, dirt, hair and plants with more tangible materials such as photos, wax paper and thread.
Laurel Roth says she uses art "in order to examine the biological ramifications of human behavior and humankind's drive to modify itself and its environment. By playing with the convergence of biology and product design to create innovative cultural artifacts, I try to question social constructions of need, design and individual desire."
Andy Diaz Hope and Roth have collaborated on several works, one of which -- "The Allegory of the Infinite Mortal" -- is a detailed woven jacquard tapestry depicting the intellectual structures humankind uses to try to understand the concept of the infinite.
Joseph Saccio sculpts, creating work that ranges from installation sizes for indoors or outdoors, to pedestal sizes utilizing both natural and synthetic materials. Most of his work uses natural materials, primarily wood, and found objects, joined together in a very primitive manner, expressing feelings that have to do with myth, ritual, loss and rebirth.
For more information regarding this and other exhibitions at Akus Gallery, please call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery.