The Skull Behind the Face

While wandering through the underwater exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences, artist Thanh Diep found inspiration in the adaptability of the smallest organisms on our planet. She extended her investigations into the microscopic world of spores and fungi, creating a charcoal and crayon drawing, Structure of Fungi. Diep’s radiant image of the spore’s weblike framework led curator Miranda Putman to theme an entire show, “Structure,” on the building blocks of the universe, whether biological or human-made. Sara O’Sullivan is fascinated by life sciences, and her paintings of body parts include a cheerfully grinning pink skull more friendly than ghoulish. Gordon Shepard draws on his background as a circus performer to show the inner workings of a circus tent, complete with a close-up view of the big top’s wooden scaffolding. Natalie Spring, meanwhile, sculpts a miniature empire of horse stables out of wire: “Structure” really looks below the surface.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m. Starts: Aug. 18. Continues through Sept. 29, 2011

 
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