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Single Species Translations

Jessica Rath (artist/breeder) and Laura Cooper (artist/forager) expand their artistic practices through intense focus on a single species.

This event takes place each day from September 20th, 2013 to November 21st, 2013.

Date: Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Location: Perlman Teaching Museum

Contact: Laurel Bradley, x4342

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Jessica Rath (take me to the apple breeder) finds diverse bodies not unlike our own within apple tree architecture and little known blushing fruit. Bodies and skins are explored as standing figures, as sublime surfaces, and as tastes remembered. The work becomes a time capsule of certain moments encapsulating centuries of grafting. The apple/tree is both real and mythical, scientific specimen and folk-tale.

For artist/forager Laura Cooper (Opuntia), decay reveals the lace-like plant architecture. Vegetal skeletons become landscapes, replete with shapes like rivers or the human circulatory system. One form meanders slowly until it becomes something else; it splits, and replicates. The work is both transparent and solid. It becomes a ghost, a space, the opposite of what it was. The “Prickly Pear” (Opuntia ficus-indica) is no longer.

Both Jessica Rath and Laura Cooper distill form though disassociation—the close-up, the wide angle, the portrait backdrop are all here, as well as artful articulations of laborious making. These works gesture toward the infinite possibilities emanating from one point, from a single species.

This event occurs on:

  • Friday, September 20th, 2013
  • Saturday, September 21st, 2013
  • Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
  • Monday, September 23rd, 2013
  • Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
  • Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
  • Thursday, September 26th, 2013
  • Friday, September 27th, 2013
  • Saturday, September 28th, 2013
  • Sunday, September 29th, 2013
  • Monday, September 30th, 2013
  • Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
  • Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
  • Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
  • Friday, October 4th, 2013
  • Saturday, October 5th, 2013
  • Sunday, October 6th, 2013
  • Monday, October 7th, 2013
  • Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
  • Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
  • Thursday, October 10th, 2013
  • Friday, October 11th, 2013
  • Saturday, October 12th, 2013
  • Sunday, October 13th, 2013
  • Monday, October 14th, 2013
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
  • Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
  • Thursday, October 17th, 2013
  • Friday, October 18th, 2013
  • Saturday, October 19th, 2013
  • Sunday, October 20th, 2013
  • Monday, October 21st, 2013
  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
  • Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
  • Thursday, October 24th, 2013
  • Friday, October 25th, 2013
  • Saturday, October 26th, 2013
  • Sunday, October 27th, 2013
  • Monday, October 28th, 2013
  • Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
  • Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
  • Thursday, October 31st, 2013
  • Friday, November 1st, 2013
  • Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
  • Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
  • Monday, November 4th, 2013
  • Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
  • Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
  • Thursday, November 7th, 2013
  • Friday, November 8th, 2013
  • Saturday, November 9th, 2013
  • Sunday, November 10th, 2013
  • Monday, November 11th, 2013
  • Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
  • Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
  • Thursday, November 14th, 2013
  • Friday, November 15th, 2013
  • Saturday, November 16th, 2013
  • Sunday, November 17th, 2013
  • Monday, November 18th, 2013
  • Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
  • Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
  • Thursday, November 21st, 2013
For more information, visit: //apps.carleton.edu/museum/species/.

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