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Explore “Pseudo Science” at Frontal Lobe Gallery

February 18, 2014
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Do you enjoy science and art? Well if so, then head over to Frontal Lobe Galley and see their exciting new exhibition “Pseudo Science” that showcases artists who have an interest in science and technology. This is an eclectic group of artists featuring the work of Monica Aissa Martinez, Bill Dambrova, Christopher Caulfield, Timothy Chapman, Casey Farina, Steve Gompf, Hilary Harp & Barry Moon, and Mary Lucking. Beatrice Moore curated this exciting exhibition with artwork chosen that “reflects, mimics, or implies a scientific or technological exploration, but in reality does not impart an absolute scientific rendering conclusion or explanation.” This multimedia exhibition features a unique combination of painting, sculptures, video, mixed media, and performance art coinciding with the Arizona SciTech Festival. This is a wonderful exhibition with engaging artwork and the unique space of the Frontal Lobe Gallery located in the historic Bragg’s Pie Factory. Moore said Frontal Lobe is more than just an art gallery; it is important because it seeks to promote and encourage creativity within the community, which this exhibition definitely showcases.

Upon entrance one cannot miss the large unusual looking “Thermal Image” by Hilary Harp and Barry Moon that appears to be very scientific on initial glance. Fashioned from wood, thermochromic film, motors, and music boxes, it is simply fascinating and melodic. The dramatic video installation titled “Uncertain.Indeterminate.Unknown” by Casey Farina is moving and captivating. The elegant sculptures titled “Televiors” created by Steve Gompf are striking mahogany and gold encrusted televisions from around the world. These sculptures showcase his digital animations that are reminiscent of Eadweard Muybridge’s photography. One can’t miss Mary Lucking’s piece titled “Opened Up, Opened Wide” which feature a stainless steel table with a giant dissected fabric frog with its organs exposed or the intriguing painting by Timothy Chapman titled “The Darrsman Effect in Hymenoptera” depicting a bee being treated with a machine and large pair of hands.

Highlights of the exhibition included paintings by Monica Aissa Martinez, two large-scale paintings; one of a man titled “Man Front Body” and one of a woman titled “Woman Front Body” that are beautiful studies of the human body. Adjacent to these are the colorful paintings by Bill Dambrova, including his latest painting “Yei’go Shush” which depicts a large brown bear dissected, exposing colorful and abstracted anatomy and veins. Also the colorful and whimsical installation titled “Just Passing Through” by Dambrova is of a scientific skeleton model, composed of beautiful pom
poms, mirrors, polychromed wood, and glitter and is sure to grab your attention. Chris Caulfield has created sculptures of tiny animal skulls and bones on recycled hardwood bases. One must closely examine these unusual artworks of miniature skeletal remains as they are simply amazing.

When asked about the inspiration behind “Pseudo Science” Curator Moore said she wanted to show artists whose work explored the “make-believe side of science”, resulting in fascinating works that are science based but abstracted by the artist. Exploring science, quirky subjects, and art are what your will find at Frontal Lobe Gallery in “Pseudo Science”. Make sure you plan to see this fascinating exhibition on Third Friday from 6-10:30pm or by appointment. It is also a perfect time to rediscover what Grand Avenue has to offer and make sure to grab a bite to eat at Bragg’s Diner.


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