26 Apr 2017

Art and science meet at Dans la Mesure/Within Measure exhibition

The Canadian Light Source provided the inspiration for an immersive video installation and experimental art-science exhibition now open at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon-based new media artist and sculptor Jean-Sébastian Gauthier adopted diverse forms of inquiry and experimentation as an artist-in-residence with Dr. Brian Eames, a faculty member in anatomy and cell biology at the U of S College of Medicine.

“I push boundaries to explore what art can be. It’s about playing with other people’s toys in new ways,” says Gauthier.

“We’re really trying to get people to connect with nature and adapt their imaginations.”

In creating Dans la Mesure/Within Measure, Gauthier used cutting-edge 3D synchrotron imaging techniques to create interactive representations of zebrafish, tiny and robust model organisms often used in genetic medical research.

Gauthier is the first artist to use Canadian Light Source experimental facilities as a medium for artistic expression. No other artist has been granted research time at the CLS with artistic inquiry and aesthetic experimentation as the primary objective.

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The Canadian Light Source is a national research facility, one of the largest science projects in our country’s history, producing the brightest light in Canada—millions of times brighter than even the sun—used by more than 1,000 scientists from around the world every year in ground-breaking health, environmental, materials, and agricultural research.

Dans la Mesure/Within Measure is at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, 191 Murray Building at the University of Saskatchewan, until April 28. A public reception, including an artist talk, will be held on April 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Dans la Mesure/Within Measure was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

To arrange for an interview, please contact:
Lana Haight, communications coordinator
306-657-3739
lana.haight@lightsource.ca

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