Mushrooms are the new plastics. At least according to San Francisco artist Philip Ross, a man who has spent years coaxing reishi mushrooms into the shapes of blocks and other architectural forms in the hope that they could be the next environmentally friendly construction material. Ross is one of a new breed of artists who are equal parts rigorous scientist and creation junkie. He is also the instigator of the local Critter science salons at which attendees learn about topics including plant cloning and edible insects, and one of the artists in the group show “Intimate Science,” which opens Friday (April 20) at Southern Exposure. These creators share an interest in making science and technology accessible to those who don't normally spend their waking hours in a laboratory.
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