Wild Visions: An Artistic Investigation Into Animal Vision
Exhibition dates 8 - 25 May 2013
Exhibition opening Saturday 11 May at 3pm
If we imagine ourselves looking through the eyes of animals, which can function within vastly different visual parameters to our own, how might the world appear from their perspective? Wild Visions: An Artistic Investigation Into Animal Vision is an exhibition for Prue Sailer's PhD research in Natural History Illustration, examining the optical diversity of the animal world.
Seven species are included in this study: the Peregrine Falcon, Tawny Frogmouth, Zebra Finch, Squirrel Monkey, Rainbow Trout, Australian Emperor Dragonfly and Veiled Chameleon. Each one was illustrated initially from Sailer's perspective. Close-ups of their eyes represent the conceptual focus, and studies of their typical postures and habitats provide a familiar introduction to each species.
These birds and animals were selected by Sailer to represent a cross-section of the wide range of eye types and visual systems in the animal world. Scientific data on their specific visual capabilities provided the foundation for a series of curved habitat paintings that illustrate her interpretation of each animal's unique view of their surroundings.
Through this fusion of art and science, the research published by vision scientists is presented in visual form so that gallery visitors can experience the animals' world "though their eyes".
ARTIST TALK: Prue Sailer will give a floor talk in the Gallery on Wednesday 22 May at 12.30pm - free entry, all welcome, coffee and cake will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 4921 5255 for catering purposes.
On exhibition in The Chancellery this month: Shan Turner-Carroll
Currently on exhibition in the foyer of The Chancellery, is a selection of photomedia artworks by University of Newcastle graduate Shan Turner-Carroll. Shan has recently been awarded the prestigious National Tertiary Art Prize of $35,000 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. The Chancellery foyer is open to the public, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm at the University of Newcastle.
For any enquiries please contact the Gallery
T 4921 5255 | E gallery@Newcastle.edu.au
HOURS Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 6pm or by appointment