on view JAN 23 - APR 3, 2016

King of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity - Main Level and Lower Level Galleries
Artists: Anthony Cervino | Selin Balci | Krista Caballero | Rebecca Clark | Lisa Crafts | David D’Orio Joan Danziger | Frank Ekeberg | Talia Greene | Jonathan Monaghan | Lindsay Pichaske | Leslie Shellow | Henrik Sundqvist
King of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity explores and imagines the strength and severity of the impact that humans have on the planet, and particularly on animals. In this exhibition artists explore and imagine what our relationship to animals and to the planet could be in some future, dystopian version of the natural reality, and in some cases what that relationship already is in the present day. Artists will wrestle with these ideas with works that blur the line between human and animals, comment on the human-imposed and oft-flawed power structures and hierarchy of the natural world, and examine animal behavior to gain insight into our own actions.


40 Metre 4 Duvar 8 Küp // Selin Balcı

40 Meters 4 Walls 8 Cubicals // Selin Balci

Backstage of 'Bordered World' exhibition at Smack Mellon.


Bordered World, Evolving microbial growth in Petri dishes, 2014-15

In Selin Balci’s bio-art installation Bordered World, 2,000 Petri dishes compose a three-dimensional kaleidoscopic world map representing the universal struggle for survival and dominance. Within each hand “painted” Petri dish, live molds and fungi are in an observable battle for limited resources. Distinctive borders slowly form and new colonies develop during this microscopic feud.

Artist's Reception:
Saturday, November 22, 5-8pm

Exhibition dates:
November 22 – January 4, 2015

East City Art Reviews: Selin Balci’s Arena at Honfleur Gallery by Eric Hope


Closer inspection reveals mysteries brewing on the surface of the works. Patterns emerge on the surface of the paper, as biomorphic shapes push upon one another, creating rigid borders in ways no watercolor treatment can create. The shapes create moments of both translucency and opacity as they collide, giving the impression of bodies enveloping one another. Tightly packed, what once seemed inert now feels frenetic, teaming with energy. The exhibition checklist reveals the source of this confusion as it simultaneously shocks the senses: Balci uses microbial growths as her medium of choice.

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WC’s Sandbox: Microbial Art Fascinates and Instructs


The Spy caught up with scientist and artist Selin Balci at Sandbox Studio last week to hear her describe her microbial growth art project. Balci, a visiting lecturer in studio art at Washington College, sees her work as referencing “the fundamental, underlying social dilemmas and principles of our existence in an effort to understand and highlight social issues.”

Interestingly, the striking images in the exhibit are not photographs. They are actual microbial growths painted onto paper, allowed to propagate, then terminated when Balci feels that the image has achieved optimum interest.

Bio-Art: The Marriage Of Art And Microorganisms by Gamze Unal.



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The Mold and the Beautiful: How Selin Balci Makes Her Fungal Art

by Christina Cauterucci


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"The marriage of biology and art, coined bio-art, has seen incredible exhibitions, often in the form of video, mobiles and installations, yet the artist Selin Balci has created a technique where her implementation of biology yields bright and vibrant colors on flat surfaces, similar to an artist working in paint. In the words of Selin “I reference the fundamental, underlying social dilemmas and principles of our existence in an effort to understand and highlight social issues” She uses microorganisms and creates art through the coloring, aggression and interaction with other microorganisms, with the resulting work mirroring human behavior and speaking to social and geopolitical issues in the real world."

Wall Street International, WSI Administration, 26 November 2013


"Most of the pieces are stark and muted, and sometimes involve chance. Selin Balci paints by growing microbes on boards, a random process that’s presented very tidily."

By Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, November 8

"Balci gives living microbes a place to grow and organize themselves on specially prepared plates. The microorganisms, which normally are invisible to the naked eye, are made visible in these conditions. They create maps of “territories” as they battle for the food sources, and their behavior is disturbingly parallel to many scenarios of human conflict. The artist organizes and assembles the landscapes or maps that result from these natural migrations into abstract compositions that are limited in tonal variation but elegant in form."

Trawick finalists make a great showing, By Claudia Rousseau, September 18, 2013,