BRATTLEBORO >> In Gallery 1: Davinci's Scions: Art Looks at Science – Alicia Hunsicker: Zenith Collection and Sandi Ritchie Miller: Origins of the Universe Series. It may sound like polarity,but visionary art is alchemy. The scientist's laboratory and the artist's studio are some of the last places reserved for open-ended inquiry; for learning to occur by a continuous feedback loop between thinking and doing.
Scientific observation provides the point of departure for Hunsicker's mixed media Zenith series, with technique encompassing both printing and painting. She takes her inspiration from quantum energy and human consciousness as it intersects in the natural world. Complex surface patterns play with the relationship between the Heavens and the Earth. Hunsicker was a featured Visionary artist at Omega Institute in 2015.
Miller's work explores inner space through the imagery of outer space, inspired by a childhood of skygazing in the high sierras. She has created her spontaneous way of working with enamel and dry pigment in suspension, moving the image around on a lucite surface by blowing on it. The scientific community has responded. Her work has been included in the Bienniale of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy and Asia. It is in the collection of the Federal Reserve, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, The National Science Foundation, and the Farmington Museum in New Mexico, among others.
In Gallery 2: Gil Perry: Visionary Artist. Gil Perry's intricate, visionary works are self-described as "dreaming with open eyes". Included in this collection are sepia ink wash, graphite drawings, and an Alkalyd painting employing glaze layering, entitled "Illumination". The "The Ancestors Breathe Within Us" series was inspired by the art from the Dogon tribe of Mali. " The symbols started moving primordial energies within me and inspired the exploration of imagery related to our ancestors."
Two pieces from "On Alien Life and Nature" are automatic drawings that evolved from the process of using veils of graphite powder and layers of images and pattern.
The shows are on exhibit through Dec. 31, at Gallery in the Woods 145 Main St., Brattleboro. For information visit www.galleryinthewoods.com