Marion Art Gallery to host international exhibition ‘Gone Viral’

An exhibition examining the intersection of art and scientific inquiry will open in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia on Friday.

“Gone Viral: Medical Science in Contemporary Textile Art” will feature the works of several artists from the United States and Great Britain.

Curated by Leesa Rittelmann, associate professor of Art History at SUNY Fredonia, “Gone Viral” features the work of three American and two British artists whose textile art explores a range of “aesthetic, political and cultural issues related to current scientific and biomedical practice and research.”

The exhibition is designed to encourage a dialogue between the Arts and Sciences sparked by artworks that lend visual form to often complex, abstract scientific and social concerns.

Artists Sonya Clark, Anna Dumitriu, Paddy Hartley, Lindsay Obermeyer and Laura Splan explore a range of media from traditional embroidering, knitting, hand-quilting and beadwork to non-traditional works made from stethoscopes, hospital sheets, intravenous tubing, digital video, photography and computerized machine-embroidery.

The technical processes these artists employ vary as well but they share a conceptual interest in examining the sublime tension between desire and fear, physical beauty and abjection, and rational science interpreted via the purportedly “irrational” or subjective art.

The opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit runs through April 7. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. It should be noted the gallery will be closed from March 23 through April 1 for the campus spring break.

Gallery hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located on the main level of Rockefeller Arts Center.

Several other events have been organized in conjunction with the “Gone Viral” exhibition.

On Feb. 21, a lecture was held with artist Laura Splan. It was sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts and New Media’s Visiting Artist Program, the Department of Biology and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

On Thursday, an artist’s lecture with Anna Dumitriu will be held at 8:30 p.m. in 209 McEwen Hall. It is sponsored by SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Visual Arts and New Media’s Visiting Artist Program, the Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the International Studies Program.

The Emmitt Christian Gallery on the second floor of Rockefeller Arts Center will host the “Algae-Bloom Yarnbomb,” an installation made by students, staff, faculty and community volunteers with materials supplied by Wal-Mart Corporation (Dunkirk Branch). The opening reception is Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m., to coincide with the “Gone Viral “opening.

In addition, a “Mystery Campus Yarnbomb” made by students, staff, faculty and community volunteers will be installed by “guerilla knitters” at an undisclosed location in early March.