On Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017, Joseph Gallivan interviews painter Lynda Ater about her painting show Image Building at Blackfish Gallery through October 28, 2017.
Ater will talk about her visions of microscopy and how cells and cancer cell suggested new forms which took on a life of their own in her abstract paintings.
From the press release: A scientist and artist by education and sensibility, Lynda Ater makes work that combines abstracted cancer cell images with the dynamics of color interaction.
At her day job she used a microscope to examine cell samples from patients for signs of cancer. Ater found the abnormal cells visually fascinating, having variable shapes both subtle and extreme. By taking these microscopic forms out of the lab and presenting them in paint on canvas, she gives them new life, highlighting playfulness and intrigue instead of sickness and dread.
Using shapes, contours and patterns found in the plant and built worlds, guest artist Sue Friesz draws, paints and sculpts works that explore the tension between these two modalities.
In Nature Reconstructed, plants are the primary vehicle for the composition of each work. The organic subject matter is counterbalanced with precision and stylization of execution, referencing the mechanics of the built world.
Recorded at KBOO studio #1 on Oct 7 2017.
Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune, where he is currently the Business Reporter. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on Amazon.com