Adrienne Outlaw‘s interactive exhibition “Witch’s Brew” sheds light on ethical issues created by the rapid advancement of biotechnology and in particular, the rising trend of DIYers growing biological experiments at home. “Witch’s Brew” consists of: the Fecund Series installation, How to Mistake Your _______ for a _______, and other sculptures.
The Fecund Series speaks to the human desire for progress and the possibility of Frankensteinian horrors. Adrienne Outlaw explores the often contentious debate about science, nature and religion and how that impacts the bioethical dialogue. To explore these ideas in the studio, she manipulates and assembles natural materials such as shells, hair and seeds with manmade products such as metal, plastic and glass. Working with cutting edge scientists, Outlaw selects videos showing the latest advancements in the field of biophysics and makes her own movies of intimate maternal scenes. She places the videos and objects in anthropomorphic specimen cases so that they can be seen but not touched. Some works are fun, elegant and beautiful; others are marred by the recombination process. Viewers become participants in the work when they peer inside a piece and see their reflection.
How to Mistake Your _______ for a _______ is a beautiful yet sinister sculpture that must be engaged with for the fullest appreciation. Participants kneel at the altar and fasten on headgear. As they try to look each other in the eyes they see a small mirror hidden by a cluster of human, animal and plant samples held in pipette tips, commonly used in molecular biology and medical tests. Rather than locking eyes, the companions see their own eyes transposed onto their partner’s face, which has been transformed into an otherworldly creature via the headgear. How to Mistake Your _______ for a _______ allows participants to both fantasize and contemplate the future of genetic modification.
Adrienne Outlaw shows in museums, public art collections and exhibitions worldwide. She has shown in twelve museum exhibits including two solos shows. A dozen exhibition catalogs and two art books feature her work. She holds an MLAS from Vanderbilt University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Through June 4.
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Atlanta, GA 30307