Olin Hall Galleries Present the Roanoke Valley Reef
Salem, Va- January 14, 2013
January 25 –March 4
Olin Gallery- The Roanoke Valley Reef
A Satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles .The Roanoke Valley Reef is a collaborative project merging the talents of contributors from Roanoke College, the Roanoke Valley, and beyond. This community endeavor is a nexus project which combines art, math and science in order to create crocheted structures that mirror natural coral reefs.
Incorporated in this exhibition will be Untitled (Symbiosis) created by Amanda Agricola and Mateo Marquez. Untitled (Symbiosis) is an interactive installation that explores the concept of long-term mutuality between two or more biological entities. These reciprocal interactions are the basis of a vital coral reef, as well as a fundamental link in the development of ourselves. This installation goes beyond the basic biological correlation and enters into the contemporary, creating a balanced amalgamation of beings and technology.
Smoyer Gallery -Craig Voligny-Phenomenal Indicators
Craig Voligny’s exhibition Phenomenal Indicators will showcase work from the artist’s 2010-2011 Fulbright Program exhibition Meridians and Parallels: Painted Abstractions of the Kenting Reef which was held at the National Museum of Biology and Aquarium in Taiwan in 2011. Along with his Fulbright work the artist will include new work that focuses on decomposing trees, funguses and plants as natural climate models. In this exhibit, small and specific pieces and aspects of the ecological puzzle are presented as “phenomenal indicators”. Decomposing logs with fungal blooms, algae expelling coral colonies and fantasmic representations of species long relegated to historical imagination are depicted as hybrid interpretations between natural representation and a developing scientific aesthetic.
Paul Snelgrove Lecture, Friday, January 25th, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Olin Hall Theater
Opening Reception Friday, January 25th to follow lecture until 9:00p.m., Smoyer Gallery
Paul Snelgrove is a biological oceanographer and studies seafloor ecosystems at Memorial University’s Ocean Science Centre in Newfoundland. His book Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life details the decade long Census of Marine Life program, which banded together a global network of over 2700 scientists from 80+ nations around the world. The science team engaged in over 540 research cruises across jurisdictional and disciplinary boundaries to learn what lives in the ocean, what lived in the ocean, and what will live in the future ocean.