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Lois Goglia - X-Ray Visions

  • Esther Klein Gallery 3600 Market Street, 19104 (map)

An exhibition of work created from medical imaging materials such as x-ray films, DNA sequencing gels and ultrasound radiographs that explore the relationships of genetics, identity and the human life cycle.

Lois Goglia originally found her inspiration at a veterinary hospital. While sitting in the treatment room, Goglia's eyes fixated on an animal X-ray mounted on a light box hanging on a wall across the room. She found the animal image beautiful, despite its associations with illness. Its value contrasts, textures, and anatomical shapes made the X-ray visually compelling. X-rays provided a thematic concept that she is still investigating today: the relationship between art and science.

X-Ray Visions features the GENESIS series, which was inspired by a gift of DNA sequencing gels and petri dish X-ray radiographs furnished by a Yale University Medical School researcher. This is a series of eighteen collages created from X-ray films. The images are wall mounted and illuminated on light boxes. They chronicle the beginning of life from the growth of individual cells in petri dishes to the development of a full-term fetus. DNA sequencing gels, animal and human X-rays, mammograms, as well as fetal ultrasound radiographs are incorporated into this work.

GENESIS was exhibited for the first time in February 2003 at the Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was subsequently exhibited at the Peabody Museum, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of Watson and Crick's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. A selection of these images was then exhibited at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York and the Greene Gallery at Yale University in conjunction with the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas.

INSIGHT, a series of giclee prints of X-ray collages, will also be featured in this exhibition. The prints of X-ray collages were digitally photographed, computer modified, then printed. In 2006, the INSIGHT prints won a juried competition at the New York Hall of Science, sponsored by Arts Science Collaboration, Inc. The prints were also exhibited in 2007, as the result of winning a national competition in conjunction with the New York Academy of Science's syposium on Science and the Arts.

Goglia has also had solo exhibitions at the Paul Mellon Art Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT; The Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; The University of Massachusetts Medical School Gallery, Worcester, MA; The Yale Medical School Gallery, New Haven, CT; The University of Pennsylvania Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; The University of New Haven Gallery, West Haven, CT. A selected list of group exhibitions includes: The Butler Museum, Warren, OH; The New Britain Museum, New Britain, CT; The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; The Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT; The Alexey Von Schippe Museum, Groton, CT.

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