Art and science come together in a mesmerizing new multimedia exhibit entitled, “Living Light: Photographs by Light of Bioluminescent Bacteria,” on display from Jan. 3 through Jan. 27. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a closing reception will be held on Jan. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.
This unique solo show from Evanston-based artist and scientist Hunter Cole features photographs of human figures (portraits, nudes, installations) illuminated by a glowing blue light created by bioluminescent bacteria. Cole creates liquid cultures of bacteria, then draws the bacteria into different shapes on Petri dishes using a paintbrush. Finally, she photographs the glowing petri dishes alongside her subjects to create modern works of provocative symbolism.
This exhibition will feature a survey of Cole’s bioluminescent art during the period 2005 to 2017. In addition to the photos, visitors can also see a time-lapse video piece featuring the bacteria growing and dying, accompanied by a musical score based on the protein sequences in the bacteria — all of which is meant to invoke reflections on the issue of mortality.
On the final night of the exhibit, attendees will have the opportunity to see the bacteria growing in person, when an installation of live bioluminescent bacterial drawings will be on view.
The gallery is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.