Art and science lectures at GOCA

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As part of GOCA 1420's Hypothesis: Process in Science and Art exhibit, the gallery has lined up four free lectures further melding the strange kinship between the arts and sciences. Each presentation features a tag-team lecture between an artist and a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs science faculty member, each of whom will speak on their own projects and how they see the intersections of art and science. All lectures except one take place at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Auditorium (in Centennial Hall, formerly the Science Building).

From the Abeles/Owens lecture.
  • From the Abeles/Owens lecture.

• Coming Thursday, "Hydrophobicity & Installation Art," with Scott Johnson and Curt Holder, PhD.

Local artist Johnson teaches art at Colorado College, and works primarily in installations, most notably his "Infinity Boxes," which utilize two-way mirrors to create infinite-appearing expanses in contained spaces (See, "Smoke and Mirrors" for more).

Holder instructs physical geography and human-environment relationships, having worked in reforestation, soil conservation and watershed management projects.

• Oct. 7, "Archaeology & Adobe," with Erin Elder and Minette Church, PhD.

Elder works as an independent curator, writer and teacher while also creating art based on collaboration "sense of place and expanded notions of culture." She's currently studying 1960s-era artist communes, such as Drop City.

Church, an anthropological archaeologist, is associate professor of anthropology. She specializes in the 19th- and early 20th-century American West.

• Oct. 14, "Lightning Strikes & Endless Landscapes," with Christopher Coleman and Brandon Vogt, PhD.
NOTE: Held in room 106.

Coleman creates sculptures, videos, performances and interactive artworks. He has exhibited throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, and now lives in Denver, instructing at Denver University.

Vogt is assistant professor of geology, currently researching sandstone weathering patterns, mapping ancient glacial landforms on Pikes Peak and cloud-to-ground lightning interactions in Colorado.

• Oct. 21, "Toxins & Dinner Plates," with Kim Abeles and Janel Owens, PhD.

Abeles is well-known for her multimedia art and installations dealing with social and environmental issues. Her "Smog Collector" series caught world-wide attention, garnering interviews in mainstream sources such as Newsweek, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, and The Wall Street Journal.

Owens is an assistant professor of chemistry at UCCS. Current research interests include pharmaceuticals analysis, nanomaterials in foods and the interaction and effect of food components on the stability and bioavailability of environmental pollutants.

Parking is free during these events in lot 3 at UCCS.

For more information on these lectures, visit galleryuccs.org.

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