Sept. 5 – Sept. 27, 2019
“We Are Art & Design: An Exhibition of Current Faculty Work”
Featuring the work of: Mallory Breiner, Brian Collier,Jordan Douglas, Gordon Glover, Valerie Hird, Deborah Kehoe, Will Mentor
Gallery Reception: Sept. 5, 5:30-7PM
Oct. 3 – Nov. 1, 2019
Gallery Reception: Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-7PM with a reading by Chard diNord at around 6:30.
Nancy Winship Milliken imprinted 5 stanzas of former VT poet laureate Chard deNiord poem on earthen blocks she made from earth and straw. On Aug. 23 the artist installed the work at 5 sites along the main trail of the SMC Natural Area. The first site is by the trail head with the main Natural Area sign board across the street from Hoehl Welcome Center between the cemetery and “the view” field. During a 5 week period the blocks will begin to break down into the landscape of the SMC Natural Area.
Nov. 7 – Dec. 6, 2019
Amélie Brindamour, “In Oscillation”
Gallery Reception: Nov. 7, 6-7
In Oscillation intends on visually materializing the mycorrhizal network, looking closer to how we could find inspiration from intelligent systems in nature, in order to alleviate the context of power dynamics in our contemporary communication systems. Mycorrhizae are constituted of mycelium (fungi filaments), who come into contact with roots of more that 90% of plants, in order to exchange information and resources. For reproduction purposes, they will occasionally develop fruiting bodies above the ground, mushrooms.
The title references both the movement of the mycelium (forming the mycorrhizae) expanding in the soil to connect with plants’ roots, and the succession of charge and discharge currents going through an electrical circuit. Non-programmable electronic circuits are used in the installation, some based on Forest Mim’s Engineer’s notebooks circuits from the 80s, in order to mimic the biochemical signals transmitted by the mycorrhiza network. Visitors are invited to hold between their fingers the pressure sensitive sensors to turn on the fungi lighting circuit, that then activate the sound circuits containing light sensitive sensors. The molded resin mushrooms sculptures were made in 2018 from a variety of mycorrhizal fungi at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre (BC, Canada).
This project benefited from a Canada Council for the Arts research and creation grant and the support of LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesses internationaux du Québec) for a travel grant.