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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Adela Andea (MFA-Sculpture) solo show “Bioluminescence”

Adela Andea’s upcoming solo show, Bioluminescence, will open on Friday, January 7th, 2011, at Anya Tish Gallery in Houston, 4411 Montrose Bldv. There is a champagne reception for the artist from 6:00pm-8:30 pm on January 7th. The show runs through February 5th, 2011.

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From the artist:

Bioluminescence is a fascinating phenomenon that is also naturally occurring at great depth in the ocean. The deep see layer of the ocean was always a great source of mysteries for the scientists. We know more about the surface of the Moon than we know of the deep ocean. Until recent discoveries it was inconceivable that life can exist without the sun or oxygen. The deep sea marine life emphasizes the adaption to very harsh environments, like high pressure, low temperatures, high density, and no light from the Sun.

My artworks add a technology layer to the bioluminescence phenomenon and create an unnatural environment, a cyber-luminescence world derived from bioluminescence occurrences. The show is focusing on presenting an imaginary world, a technological light eco-system that embraces the viewer into a new universe of light and plastic forces. Using light and consumer electronics to bring this fantasy to life, my show emphasizes the post-self construction of individual identity through the adoption of technology.

The continuous search for new materials, review websites and visit a variety of stores, is part of the artistic process. I am bound by the technological developments of the hardware industry and the availability on the market of these products for mass consumption. The nature of this process is a very rapid changing consumer environment where some products are getting better and some are only transient and experimental. Finding and gathering my “art supplies” is a constant shifting ground, a reflection of dynamic moment.

There is a certain type of aesthetic in the plastic, artificial, synthetic materials that is being undervalued, based on the original intent, context and purpose attributed to these products. I am interested in the plastic, manufactured look, of the latest computer gadgets, the artificiality of light produced with different technologies, as they provide an alien and uneasy ambiance. The visual impact of CCFL, LED and EL wire, affects the way I design and build the structure for each sculpture.