Unusual inspiration for "Biological Impulses"
"Periwinkle Sparkle", an abstract painting by Beverly Kedzoir, is now on display in Fermilab's Art Gallery as part of the "Biological Impulses" Exhibit. The exhibit will end Jan. 21.
Fermilab's new art exhibit features works by artists who bridge the gap between art and the sciences. Yvette Kaiser Smith and Beverly Kedzior find inspiration in unusual places like grocery stores and comic books. Smith's sculptures and Kedzior's abstract paintings embrace the organic while highlighting basic biological and mathematical elements.
Their works is displayed in an exhibit entitled "Biological Impulses" now through Jan. 21 in the Fermilab Art Gallery. They will host a Gallery Talk during a reception on Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Both artists have developed a unique process to create their pieces. Smith's process begins with a cluster of continuous strands of fiberglass that she crochets into patterns using a standard crochet hook. She then coats her creation in polyester resin and hangs it to dry like laundry, letting gravity pull the sculpture into a unique shape.
Kedzior creates abstract paintings by scraping rollers, trowels, scrapers and adhesives across her work. She splashes paint, creates layers and makes crisp edges using masking tape. "This gives the pieces rich texture," said Kedzior.
Kedzior draws her inspiration from images in medical, biological, horticultural texts and also in comics. "My early influences were Dr. Seuss, the Jetsons, Disney and, later, Pixar," she said.
Her pieces "Red Spurt" and "Periwinkle Sparkle" showcase abstract organs and planets. Intestinal-pinkish shapes, spurts of paint and rings of sparkly blue represent outer and inner space, according to Kedzior.
Smith found her inspiration in a grocery store jar of tripe. She was attracted by the mix of beauty and ugliness in the food. She strives for the same mix in her art.
Smith's "Identity Sequence e 4" is made up of individual bridge-like crocheted fiberglass pieces strung together in series representing each successive number in e, a mathematical constant like Pi. "The materials I work with are very organic," she said, "so the math gives structure to the work."
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"Misconception," a crocheted fiberglass sculpture by Yvette Kaiser Smith, is now part of the "Biological Impulses" exhibit in the Fermilab Art Gallery through Jan. 21.