Tatiana Kourochkina Art Gallery is proud to present Quo Artis Foundation, created by the gallery to promote artistic projects, which are based on the relationship between art, science, technology and politics. Maintaining an open stance, Quo Artis will support international artistic research to foster critical thinking. Quo Artis starts its activities with the first exhibition of Eduardo Kac’s 50th Anniversary world tour. The exhibition, entitled Kac: Alba & Edunia , will feature some of his most outstanding works, Natural History of the Enigma and GFP Bunny.
The central work in the Natural History of the Enigma series is a plantimal, a new life form created by artist Eduardo Kac and that he calls Edunia, a genetically engineered flower that is a hybrid of the Kac and Petunia. The Edunia expresses the artist’s DNA exclusively in its red veins. The new flower is a Petunia strain that he invented and produced through molecular biology. It is not found in nature.
The Natural History of the Enigma series include s Seed Packs and Seed Pack Studies . Seed Packsare sculptural objects that contain Edunia seeds and provide growing notes about the bloom period. In preparation for these seed packs, Kac made a set of six lithographs entitled Seed Pack Studies .
The work from the GFP Bunny series includes large-scale color photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, a flag, an artist book and an animation. Through the leitmotif of Kac's green bunny, this work explores the poetics of life and evolution as well as the relationship between humans and animals.
The work in this series focuses on the responses to Eduardo Kac’s GFP Bunny, which involves the creation and social integration of a transgenic green glowing bunny named Alba. Through the Free Alba! photographs Kac reclaimed green bunny narratives circulated by global media. Here he reappropriates and recontextualizes the vast coverage his GFP Bunny has received, exhibiting the productive tension that is generated when contemporary art enters the realm of daily news. Kac’s drawings and sculptures in the GFP Bunnyseries reflect on our closeness to the “animal other.”
Lagoglyphs are works in the GFP Bunny series in which the artist developed a rabbitographic form of writing. The pictograms that make up the Lagoglyphs are visual symbols representing Alba rather than the sounds or phonemes of words. The Lagoglyphs function through a repertoire of gestures, textures, forms, juxtapositions, superpositions, opacities, and transparencies. In Kac’s Lagoglyphs , word and image come together as mark and meaning.
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