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Dark Skies: Patricia Olynyk Lecture + Exhibition Opening at the UCLA ArtSci Center




Lecture UCLA Broad Art Center, room 5240 at 2:00 PM
Exhibition opening at CNSI Gallery 5:00 – 7:00 PM


Dark Skies is a work by Patricia Olynyk in Collaboration with Axi:Ome and Christopher Ottinger.


Dark Skies is a multi channel projection on CNC routed tiles inspired by the concept of biomimicry. The surfaces of the tiles themselves are based loosely on the shape and topography a wildmouse tastebud. The installation also includes an evocative soundscape, drawn primarily from field recordings captured at twilight in the Rocky Mountains during high summer. “Dark Skies” is an astronomical reference, referring to remote places free of hazy city light that allow for an extended view into deep space and time. This insight offers not only a unique perceptual and psychological experience but the promise of new discovery.


Patricia Olynyk is an artist whose prints and installations frequently employ microscopy and biomedical imaging technologies to explore the intersections between art and the life sciences. Currently she is Chair of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF). Exhibition opening to follow the lecture.

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