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"Chris Twomey: OMNI SERIES, Art and Genetics in a Digital Age"
2004-06-03 until 2004-06-30
A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

A Gathering of the Tribes gallery is pleased to present CHRIS TWOMEY'S new installation, "OMNI SERIES, Art and Genetics in a Digital Age," celebrating diversity and our shared humanity as we reflect on our genetic future. Twomey's installation included 70 images of navels that are digitally re-coded from the photographic source. A hand written, unbroken line of text and data about recent genetic developments threads through the images, and leads the viewer to the gallery garden, where an 11 foot sculpture completes the experience.

"OMNI SERIES" refers to "Omphalus," another word for navel and in Greek mythology, a totem regarded as the center of the earth.

"The umbilical cord, once the core of our existence/nourishment and our most profound human bond," says Twomey. "It also contains the stem cells that help shape our destiny with their unique genetic code."

A live camera will collect new image samples of people/navels to enrich the exhibition source. These new images of navels will be digitized so that one person will be seen through another‚s filter, suggestive of genetic cloning and in keeping with Twomey's interest in our self-identity. A monitor will display the metamorphosis of navels to universes as a reflection of the infinite diversity of the stem cells.

Chris Twomey has exhibited widely throughout the United States, and received awards from the Ford Foundation, Creative Artists Project Service, Kitchen Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, and American Film Institute. She recently exhibited at the International Print Center in New York City, and will be in at September show at the Paul Mellon Arts Center. She received an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA from Ramapo College, and also attended Reed College.

10% of the proceeds from the OMNI SERIES show will be donated to stem cell research.

Twomey is a Basic Artist Portfolio Member at absolutearts.com. View more of Chris Twomey's work at: www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/c/christwomey.


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