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Art: Hetero-Types

By Alan Pocaro · November 15th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends
caren alpert cake sprinkles web"Cake Sprinkles" by Caren Alpert - Courtesy Prairie Gallery

On the surface, art and science appear worlds apart. One seeks rational, repeatable explanations of our physical environment, while the other traffics in more poetic statements of existence.  But in truth, visual art and scientific pursuits have always been a complementary pair. Filippo Brunelleschi’s 15th century invention of linear perspective is as much an artistic triumph as it is a mathematical one.  And photography, perhaps the ultimate scientific invention of the 19th century, had a radical impact on the works of Degas, Manet, and countless others.

For the next nine weeks, Prairie in Northside presents Hetero-Types, a show featuring three artists whose work investigates this cross-disciplinary cross-pollination. Based on computer-modeled imagery, painter Kimberly Burleigh’s slick-surfaced oils are in dialogue with post-painterly abstraction. Photographer Caren Alpert’s ‘microscopic’ images of food draw unsettling parallels between their structure and their effect on our bodies. Finally, Arizona native David Tinapple uses specially modified imaging devices to challenge our reliance on lens based media when visually documenting reality.  The artist’s distorted videos of waves gyrating along the shoreline are particularly attractive.  Exhibition continues through Jan. 7.



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