Join us for a talk featuring Spectra artist Helen Pynor in conversation with UTS Gallery curators Stella Rosa McDonald and Eleanor Zeichner.
Helen Pynor is an artist whose practice explores philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones, such as the life-death boundary. Her work is informed by in-depth residencies in scientific institutions, most recently The Francis Crick Institute, London; The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden; and The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Pynor also frequently collaborates with members of the broader community whose embodied experiences connect with the themes of her work.
Pynor has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; The National Centre for Contemporary Art, Russia; Science Gallery Dublin; Science Gallery London; FACT, Liverpool UK; Wellcome Collection, London; and the Australian Centre for Photography. She has received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica, Austria, and national awards in Australia. Pynor holds a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons), a Bachelor of Visual Arts, and a PhD.
Spectra: The Art and Consequence of Collaboration presents eight Australian artists whose practices are characterised by a deep and innovative engagement with science. The exhibition explores the increasing convergence of art and science, and considers how each area can inform the other. The potency of crossdisciplinary collaboration lies in its ability to spark new ideas, provide critical perspectives on some of the great questions of our time, and develop new forms of expression that speak to the sophisticated technological era in which we live.