January 2018 Opening “Science as Muse”

Science as Muse

January 5 – February 17, 2018

Caleb Charland, “Fruit Battery Still Life (Citrus),” Archival Pigment Print, 32 x 40 inches
Courtesy of Sasha Wolf Projects

Candela Gallery is excited to present the first show of the new year: Science as Muse, an exhibition featuring photographic works from Walter ChappellCaleb CharlandRose-Lynn FisherPam FoxDaniel KarikoMichael RaunerRobert Shults, and Susan Worsham.

The eight artists in Science as Muse share a particular interest in science, though their artistic interpretations vary dramatically. Included in this exhibition are artists who have been caught up in the documentation of the incredible worlds within which scientists practice their craft. Other artists use sophisticated equipment made possible only by modern scientific innovation. Some approach their creation through the foundational scientific process, asking questions and applying scientific method, producing unexpected results. Finally, there are those artists who have recontextualized science and its paraphernalia, imbuing or even circumventing the essence of time-tested practical applications with aesthetic pursuits.

The threads that can be teased from these different approaches remind us that photography itself comes from science, and that its early practitioners were as varied as their contemporary descendants. Among early photographers there were storytellers, technicians, explorers, and there were alchemists drawn to the unknowns that chemistry promised. This spirit of discovery then remains with us, and these artists are proof that the muse is always dancing just beyond our reach.

The exhibition will be on view January 5 – February 17, 2018.

A Preview Reception & Artist Talk will take place Thursday, January 4th, from 5-8pm.

The Opening Reception will take place Friday, January 5th, from 5-9pm.

Pam Fox, “Windsock,” 1999-2002. Gelatin Silver Print, 20 x 16 inches


Daniel Kariko, “Along City Greenway Path, May 2nd [Soldier Fly],” 2016. Archival Pigment Print, 27 x 28 inches


Robert Shults, “Untitled,” 2012. Gelatin Silver Print, 16 x 22 inches


Rose-Lynn Fisher, “Overwhelm #3,” 2014/2017. Archival Pigment Print, 4.8 x 6 inches