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GALLERY: Visions of the Brain

[ 0 ] April 8, 2010 | Noah Hutton

This exclusive online gallery coincides with the April edition of The Beautiful Brain Podcast, where host Noah Hutton interviews the three artists whose work is featured here. We are proud to present the work of Constance Jacobson, Audrey Goldstein, and Heidi Whitman– three brave and inventive artists who are exploring the wilderness of the human brain.


Constance Jacobson

Jacobson’s Tome series grew out of a family connection to dementia and deals directly with the fear of a loss of self. Jacobson’s prints use the shape of an axial slice of the brain as a repeated motif. Her images are metaphors of the fluidity of ideas that eventually settle into patterns and tight networks of neurons that in turn form larger networks of interconnections. Jacobson’s Grey Matter Series explores memories that fade and reappear, trying to connect to other memories. By layering lotus leaves on brain imagery, she imposes visual simplicity, and in a sense, attempts to calm the unruly and complicated mind. Jacobson is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts ant the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and her work appears in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the New York Public Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Fogg Art Museum, among others. [official site]

Notochord | Constance Jacobson | 30x44", india ink on paper Leakage | Constance Jacobson | 30x44", acrylic and collage on paper Neuronal Architecture | Constance Jacobson | 30x44", india ink on paper Tentacles | Constance Jacobson | 30x44", india ink on paper Gyri 1 | Constance Jacobson | monotype 11.75 x 10.75

Gyri 6 | Constance Jacobson | monotype 11.75 x 10.75


Audrey Goldstein

Audrey Goldstein draws a parallel between micro- and macro-biological functions. In her new work Point to Point, a structure of thin metal rods stands for the pathways and connections between neurons and between people. Goldstein puts the structure in a “backpack” and carries it through her daily rounds. She hands participants a wire to knot or mark, with each mark representing the people to whom they feel close. This action interrupts their day while asking them to evaluate the emotional ties in their lives. The process of tying the wire shifts their focus on the physicality of a handmade narrative. The collected wires are gathered for use in her next Data Bearer piece, creating a new network of the participants’ lives. A video camera captures this macro-function of social networking so it can be reproduced in the gallery. Goldstein is the Fine Arts Program Director at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. [official site]

Generosity Generator | Audrey Goldstein | InstallationData Bearers | Audrey GoldsteinData Bearers - Detail | Audrey Goldstein


Heidi Whitman

Whitman provides a link to the 21st century in a different way. She brings formal painting skills to bear on the contemporary interest in brain mapping. Whitman writes, “my work charts states of mind. I’m interested in how experience is translated into thought, how dreams jumble reality, and how memories are layered in the brain.” In her recent paper constructions Whitman uses shadows, contemporary city grids, and plans of ancient ruins to invoke memory and absence. Whitman exhibits nationally and teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. [official site]

Brain Terrain 154 | Heidi Whitman | 45" x 33½", acrylic, flashe, and ink on panelBrain Terrain 233 | Heidi Whitman | 38" x 51½", gouache and ink on kitakata paperBrain Terrain 265 | Heidi Whitman | 31" x 45", acrylic, flashe, and ink on panelBrain Terrain (286, 285, 287) | Heidi Whitman | 8½" x 28", flashe, ink, and gouache on paperInvisible Cities - Brain Terrain 282 | Heidi Whitman | 23" x 29" x 3", gouache, acrylic, paper, and shadows on wallInvisible Cities - Brain Terrain 279 | Heidi Whitman | 33" x 35" x 3", gouache, acrylic, paper, and shadows on wall


Hear interviews with each of the artists featured above in this month’s edition of The Beautiful Brain Podcast.

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