Nov. 19, 2012 - Feb. 1, 2013
Geraldine Ondrizek engages diverse artistic media to portray, explore and enhance images of the genetic testing of human and animal cellular tissue as reproduced by geneticists and biologists. An exhibition of her work titled "Inner Space, Global Matter: Recording from the Structures Within | Geraldine Ondrizek - Works from 2008 through 2012" opened with a reception and panel discussion at University of Houston-Clear Lake on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Ondrizek's exhibition was part of a larger collaboration between three institutions. A special presentation of her signature work titled "Cellular," incorporating the video and sound of actual cells dividing, exhibited simultaneously at Space Center Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, and Florida International University's Miami Beach Urban Studios. Ondrizek's "Chromosome Painting," an aesthetic rendering of a synteny map, was also on display at the UHCL Art Gallery. The continuation of this colorful expression of genomic sequencing on silk panels was shown in the Special Collections Room of the UHCL Alfred R. Neumann Library. The showcasing of Ondrizek's expression of microbial life in NASA's historic communities of Texas and Florida proposed important questions about art and science, comprising the curatorial objective for discussion in the opening reception/panel event and for the published exhibition catalog, which features an essay by the exhibition's curator Jane Chin Davidson, an assistant professor of art history at UHCL. Ondrizek is a professor of art at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.