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“Nano Portraiture” Explores the Vulnerability of DNA and Protein Molecules in Exhibit at BlackRock

January 25, 2019

BlackRock Center for the Arts announces the solo exhibition Michal Gavish: Nano Portraiture, which will remain on view through Saturday, February 16 in the Kay Gallery, on the main level.

   Washington, DC-based artist Michal Gavish will visit BlackRock on Saturday, February 2 to present an Artist Talk at 2:00 pm., followed be a tour of the exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free.

   Magnifying nanostructures from their original scale, Michal Gavish creates abstracted constructions which illuminate biological complexities generally invisible to the naked eye. Drawing upon her background as a research scientist, she presents sculptural installations of paintings and drawings depicting sub-micro biological systems based on specific scientific models and spectra from her ongoing collaborations with biologists and chemists.

   In her solo exhibition Nano Portraiture, Gavish explores the vulnerability of DNA and protein molecules to the changing environment in a series of multi-media works that reflect on the fragility of our inner biology. She invites viewers to adopt new perspectives as they experience the tiny complex bio-formations she has amplified to larger-than-life scale in structures which blur the definition of portraiture.

   Gavish is an artist and writer who received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from City University, New York then worked as a research scientist before earning her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her paintings, installations and videos have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, including solo shows at the Hungarian Jewish Museum  in Budapest, Humanities Gallery at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, LIA at the Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany, and Zadik Gallery in Tel Aviv. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.

   Gavish is a staff writer for SciArt Magazine, she lectures extensively and also teaches college courses in art and science. She was born in Israel and currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Learn more about the artist at: www.michalgavish.com.

   BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown. Gallery hours are: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Also open select evening and Sunday hours when performances are offered. Please call to confirm, 301-528-2260.

 

Captions:

Top: “Hidden Features” by Michal Gavish.

Next: “Fine Mess (DNA)” by Michal Gavish.

Next: “Dimensional Fragility (DNA)” by Michal Gavish.

 

Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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