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Gowanus Canal - Artist Proof
Item Details
Public
Creator
Jenifer Wightman (artist, author)
Title
Gowanus Canal - Artist Proof
Work Type
Artists' books
Date
2014
Location
Creation Site: Brooklyn, New York. Jenifer Wightman.
Material
Clamshell; Epson color print, Vandercook printing press
Measurements
40 pages; 8 5/8 x 9 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches
Description
Jenifer Wightman (Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a scientist researching greenhouse gas inventories of agronomic systems at Cornell University and teaching at Parsons. Her art practice began in 2002 and employs scientific tropes to incite curiosity of ecological phenomena. She is interested in forming an ecological rationality by reflecting on the co-evolution of a culture and its supporting ecosystem.
Artist Book Statement; Gowanus Canal - Artist Proof (2014). I employ a 19th century microbiology technique to induce bacteria to synthesize pigment. Specifically, I build sculptural frames and fill them with site-specific mud, water, and microbes. Exposed to light, the microbes photosynthesize pigments. Single cells are invisible to the naked eye. However, as a species reproduces in its landscape, the collective masses of pointillist color create blocks of visible color. As one species uses up resources and releases wastes, a differently colored successor begins thriving on the wastes. Color indicates the transitions of cultures in a finite ecosystem of soil, water and sunlight.
While I make these ‘transforming colorfields' from a variety of ecosystems, I present a clamshell box of time- lapse photographs taken of mud collected from the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site. Here, we witness that the underbelly of NYC is alive and thriving, metabolizing wastes to make a beautiful livelihood.
Subject
Artists' books--New York (State);
Soil microbial ecology;
Soil microbiology;
Photosynthesis;
Microbial pigments;
Photosynthetic pigments;
Gowanus Canal (New York, N.Y.)--in art
Source
Description and Image: Harrison, Lucia, Abir Biswas, Susan Aurand, Peggy Ann Burge, William J. Kupinse, Sharon A. Sharp, and Collins Memorial Library. 2015. Dirt? : Scientists, Book Artists, and Poets Reflect on Soil and Our Environment. Tacoma, Washington, USA: Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound.
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