Month: December 2012

News briefs, 4th quarter 2012

News briefs, 4th quarter 2012

An exhibit of abstract paintings by Betsy Stewart MN’05 that examines microscopic, mutually dependent life systems found in pond water was shown in early December at the Center for Great Apes Endangered exhibition at the Miami Club Rum Distillery.

Betsy Stewart's "Biocriticals." The original is 48 by 48 inches

The exhibit was a venue for the prestigious Art Basel Miami 2012, which the Miami Herald described as “the largest contemporary art fair in the United States.”

An article on the monochrome effects Web site entitled “ENDANGERED,” features Stewart and her exhibit

The article quotes her: “In my new series, ‘Biocriticals’, I am interested in creating an ambiguity between micro and macro: what is happening in microscopic water as well as events in the cosmos. If I am successful, my viewers will determine for themselves whether they are seeing particles/matter through a microscope or through a telescope.”

She describes the exhibit from December 5 through the 9 at Miami Club Rum Distillery as “a piece from each of four different series that share a common theme. I examine microscopic, mutually dependent life systems found in pond water. Giving these images a presence speaks to our fragile position in the cosmos.”

ECWG selects new Board members

Members of the Explorers Club Washington Group attending the Dec. 1, 2012 black-tie diner met briefly before the dinner to elect Directors of the Classes of 2015, 2015, and 2013.

ECWG member’s art on exhibit at American University

ECWG member’s art on exhibit at American University

“Inside The Underworld: Beetle Magic,” art created by Joan Danziger, MN’ 12, is on exhibit at the American University Katzen Arts CenterMuseum through Dec. 16.

Joan Danziger surrounded by some of her work.The exhibit consists of 72 beetle sculptures. They are consisted in different shapes, sizes and mixed media such as fused glass, metal,copper and paint. In this site-specific exhibition they are climbing up 50 foot walls, ceilings and corners of the Museum.

She is an explorer who explorers through her art.Danziger used the patterns and anatomy of beetles but has exaggerated sizes and coloring.

Her research into the world of Coleoptera has lead her to become involved with all the mythology surrounding these amazing species of insects and combines her interest in nature, animal imagery and metamorphosis.

She began as an abstract painter but the world of sculpture led her to create another exhibition called “Mythic Landscape” where she made an extensive study of trees, flora, fauna and other diverse arboreal compositions.

Her research in Turkey, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and other countries has also influenced her artwork through diverse projects.  SmithsonianMagazine art/science has written an extensive online article about her exhibit at the Katzen Arts Center.