Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Amanda Knowles: Aggregation

For all the chaos and disarray that seem to exist in the natural world, order and harmony reign. And while science seeks to represent and analyze many of nature�s congruous qualities, it doesn�t manage to convey the overwhelming beauty of the organized structure inherent in organic life. Artist Amanda Knowles captures this powerful beauty in all its pristine precision by taking scientific information and re-contextualizing it until she achieves a visual translation through art. Aggregation on view at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts from November 10, 2006 through January 20, 2007 showcases Knowles� scientific interpretations and artistic investigations. An Opening Reception takes place Friday, November 10th, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This event is FREE, and the public is warmly invited to attend.

Through etching and other printmaking processes, Knowles employs layers of diagrams from scientific disciplines such as engineering and physics to create surface and depth. In so doing, she re-examines the omnipresence and omnipotence of science in today's society, while also referencing the values of her own upbringing in a household of scientists. Although graphs, numbers, charts and organic forms figure throughout the artist�s one-of-a kind prints, they serve as non-literal uses of scientific imagery. Says the artist: �My work pieces together scientific data and abstract shapes, the raw material, creating a visual language that interprets the processing of ideas. My work investigates scientific information in the artistic realm, subordinating linear thought and the knowledge base from which the information originates to create an aesthetic interpretation of the moments leading to understanding.�

Whether mimicking double helixes or recreating cell structures, Knowles reveals the beauty of science in all its complex simplicity. Don�t miss this opportunity to add Aggregation to your repertoire of contemporary artists on the rise.

About the Artist:
Amanda Knowles received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin. Her work utilizes imagery based on mathematical and scientific imagery and is printed in a combination of both traditional and digital media. She has exhibited her work widely at venues such the International Print Center (New York), Anchor Graphics (Chicago), the San Jose Museum of Art and Davidson Galleries (Seattle). Knowles has been a fellow at Kala Art Institute and the Vermont Studio Center, and she received a prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2005. The artist has also worked as a printer for Tandem Press.

The Bemis Center's exhibition program is sponsored, in part, by the generous
support of the following:

Clark Creative Group
Duncan Family Foundation
Embassy Suites Hotel
Nebraska Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Omaha Steaks
Upstream Brewing Co.

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