Agapakis + Gadani + Daalder + Blaik
August 22 – September 14, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 22, 2014, 7 – 10 pm
Monte Vista Projects is proud to present OPENING. Opening. Opening? This exhibition, featuring two ladies of science and two ladies of art, will explore the un-closed through experimental videos, mouthy prints, scientific illustrations, abstract photographs, and interactive fashion. Christina Agapakis will show drawings inspired by the atomic scale form of allergen proteins. Rita Blaik’s photographs and video are inspired by abstract forms in nature and architecture. Megan Daalder will showcase videos and performances inspired by perceptual anomalies and hypothetical futures. Amisha Gadani will show detailed illustrations of birds without beaks and perform a moth-defense inspired wearable art piece.
Christina Agapakis is a biologist, writer, and artist interested in microbes, symbiosis, and the future of biotechnology. Her research explores the role of ecology, evolution, and design in microbial synthetic biology. She has a PhD in bioengineering from Harvard, where she worked on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. Her artwork connects biology, technology, and culture through multimedia explorations of the environment, microbes, food, and the body. Her work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, working with artists and designers from many fields as a resident with the Synthetic Aesthetics project and a fellow at the UCLA Art|Science Center + Lab. She is currently a partner at the biological design consultancy Icosahedron Labs and an adjunct professor of Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design.
Rita Blaik is a multidisciplinary scientist and artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her life's goal is to find new and innovative ways of communicating science through interactive discussions, art, and other media.
She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Irvine and her Masters in the same at UCLA. Currently pursuing a PhD, she is a proud fellow of the IGERT Clean Energy for Green Industry fellowship and works with Dr. Bruce Dunn on biological fuel cell systems and architectures. She is also an instructor for the Sci|Art Nanolab and a frequent guest lecturer on art/science topics. Beginning her photography career in 2010, she has begun to explore the themes of perception and identity within the framework of science and technology. Her first solo art show, Altered States, opened at the UCLA Art|Sci Center in 2012. Her most recent exhibit, BODYidentity, in on view at SLOMA through October.
Megan May Daalder is a self-styled guinea pig using video, performance, and science to investigate life on earth. She has a BA from UCLA's Design Media Arts department, but most of what she knows has been passed down from her radical Dutch ancestors and a pinball wizard from Tennessee.
Amisha Gadani is an artist interested in unique animal morphologies and adaptations; from swarming behaviors and elegant defense mechanisms, to superorganisms and animals of the deep sea. Her artwork ranges from paintings and videos to kinetic sculpture and interactive wearables like her on-going series of animal-inspired defensive dresses.
Amisha lives in the Bay Area and works as an Education Specialist at the Exploratorium Museum's new mini museum called Helix. Previously she worked at UCLA as the artist in resident at the Alfaro Lab and the Institute for Society and Genetics. Her work has shown in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Pittsburgh and has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, and Scientific American.
She has a B.F.A from Carnegie Mellon University.