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Exhibition Detail
Artificial Selection
Curated by: Rhiannon Mercer
516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

April 24th, 2010 - June 26th, 2010
April 24th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Un-Blink, Steve BudingtonSteve Budington, Un-Blink,
2007, oil on canvas, 24" x 22"
© artist
Odiferous Garlic, Christine ChinChristine Chin, Odiferous Garlic,
2005, photograph, 22" x 30"
© artist
Prilosec from "What Ails Us: The 100 Most-Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in the Nation", Laurie HoginLaurie Hogin,
Prilosec from "What Ails Us: The 100 Most-Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in the Nation",
2008, oil on panel, 3" x 4"
© courtesy Schroeder Romero, NY
Cross Section 8, Alison Petty RagguetteAlison Petty Ragguette, Cross Section 8,
2008, thrown porcelain, medical silicone, rubber, silk, 30" x 24" x 3"
© artist
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12:00 - 5:00pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays
sculpture, modern, figurative, surrealism, pop, conceptual, video-art, installation, digital, mixed-media, photography

516 ARTS announces Artificial Selection, a group exhibition bringing together art, science, myth and technology. It examines contemporary artists’ responses to the processes of adaptation, mutation and survival when the natural order distinguishing species or machine becomes less distinct. Gene manipulation in plants and animals to enhance or specialize performance or product yield has been a historically long-standing human practice, including the controversial “selective breeding” in humans with the study and practice of eugenics. Yet today, no longer shrugged off as the stuff of science fiction or fantasy, genetic engineering and other advances in technology have offered up the real possibilities of super-humans, “designer” babies, sentient robots and hybrids of any variety of combinations of human-animal-vegetable-machine. Hybrids pervade our mythologies and religions and continue to play an influential role in the way we perceive our capabilities as a creative species. Whether pursuing power, progress or pure experiment, do we fully understand the consequences of artificial selection? The exhibition features local and national artists with work in photography, painting, sculpture, interactive video, ceramics, installation and robotics.

Additional programming in collaboration with UNM ARTS Lab.


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