COSMIC MICROSCAPES: AN EXHIBITION OF UNEARTHLY BEAUTY April 4 - April 27, 2019
OPENING ARTIST RECEPTION
April 4, 2019 – First Thursday Art Walk
6:45 – 8:30pm Open to Public
PRIVATE RSVP ONLY DISCUSSION AT 6PM
Private RSVP Only Discussion With Seattle Photographer, Neil Buckland & University of Washington Affiliate Professor, Dr. Tony Irving.
COSMIC MICROSCAPES is a project that marries science and art in a most extraordinary way.
For eons, humans have peered into the cosmos wondering what’s up there. Occasionally, pieces of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids land on Earth. These meteorites are sliced 30 microns thin (1/3 of the thickness of human hair) and mounted to glass slides for scientific study under microscope.
At age ten, Seattle-based photographer, Neil Buckland fell in love with how something that appears quite ordinary to the naked eye can be truly extraordinary when seen through a lens. He became utterly fascinated with the theory and science of photography, optical engineering and technology as a medium for art. Though Buckland explored a wide range of photographic subject matter and application over twenty-seven years, his technical fascination has informed a consistent theme in all of his work: an almost obsessive pursuit of depth and detail.
Through a collaboration with Dr. Tony Irving, a geochemical scientist and meteoriticist at the University of Washington, Seattle, Buckland has photographed some of the world’s rarest meteorite thin sections.
The technical aspects of this process were extremely ambitious. Standard macro photography equipment is inadequate. So Buckland engineered a specialized micro-panoramic imaging system to capture these 1×2 inch specimens under cross polarized light in 2mm segments. As many 500 photo tiles are seamlessly stitched together to produce a staggeringly high resolution image file. In some cases, the resulting image can be printed up to 30 feet wide, 40 thousand times original size, without any pixilation. These enormously detailed prints reveal unimaginable beauty, borne from the heavens and yet strangely reminiscent of the most iconic abstract painting created by the human hand.
These extraordinary photographs, unprecedented in their concept, detail and scale, will be available for purchase, in limited formats and sizes.
Like many artists throughout history, fascinated and inspired by the mysteries of science, Neil Buckland’s COSMIC MICROSCAPES is an exhibition which blurs the line between science and art. And we – the fortunate viewers and collectors – are that much richer for it!
For More Information, Please Contact Frederick Holmes (206) 682-0166