ART AFTER HOURS
Join artist Eva Lee, whose work is on view in Experimental Light: Alyce Simon & Eva Lee, for a special artist's talk projected in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium! Lee will be joining us via Zoom for her talk, which will be followed by a small, socially-distanced reception with wine and a Curator-led tour of the gallery. Can't join in person? We'll be releasing the details to join us via Zoom for free in advance of the program!
$12 in-person admission / free admission if tuning in virtually (click here to register to receive the Zoom link)
About Eva Lee:
An artist and experimental filmmaker, Eva Lee (b. 1965) is fascinated by the nature of mind and reality, exploring what lies at the threshold of perception. She states, “I wonder about the unseen, such as the spaces between cells, or energy movements between atomic particles.” Her work has been described by The New York Times as “hypnotic” depictions of the “awesome infinities and minutiae of the cosmos.”
Lee has exhibited at galleries and museums nationally, including The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The DeCordova, and Bronx Museum for the Arts. She has screened internationally at BBC Big Screen, MashRome, and other venues. Recent events were SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC, presented by Harvestworks/Thoughtworks Arts, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. Her work is in the Tampa Public Art Collection, Connecticut Artists Collection, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, and other collections. Awards include fellowships from Fulbright, Asian Cultural Council, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Hemera Foundation, and Mind & Life Summer Research Institute.
This exhibition explores the work of Alyce Simon and Eva Lee, female artist-scientists who have created experimental works of art. Each artist has taken her talents and, through interdisciplinary partnerships with the scientific community, harnessed light to create wholly original pieces.
Alyce Simon (1925–2011) created radical works of art with a particle accelerator, or “atom smasher,” which produces complex fractal patterns on plastic due to the alteration of the material’s molecular structure when exposed to nuclear radiation. This process, called irradiation, results in Simon’s works that harness light to illuminate patterns that resemble leafless trees, human lungs, and lightning strikes.
Eva Lee (b. 1965) also uses science and projected light to create her work. Lee is a regular collaborator with scientists, particularly neuroscientists. She develops new worlds in her digital animation videos, ranging from the far reaches of the world to the spaces between subatomic particles. Lee challenges ideas of perception, questioning what could exist beyond what our eyes can see.