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In the galleries: Probing our relationships with living systems by Mark Jenkins

If the artistic process is more interesting than the outcome, as some modernists hold, then the greatest artist is nature itself. Its systems are endless and inexorable, even if the results aren’t always impressive to the naked eye. Take, for example, the fungal experiments of Selin Balci, one of five former Hamiltonian Artists fellows who return to the gallery in “Empirical Evidence.” The Turkey-born Marylander is exhibiting such seemingly inert items as petri dishes that contain slowly evolving mold spores. Far more dramatic is a more artist-directed piece, a five-minute fast-motion video in which molds spread across a world map. It demonstrates the power and scope of the tiniest living things.

Exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC

Exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC
Washington, DC: Hamiltonian is pleased to present the exhibition Empirical Evidence, which highlights the work of five renowned Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship alumni—Selin Balci (2012), Billy Friebele (2014), Rachel Guardiola (2018), Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann (2011), and Jing (Ellen) Xu (2019)—who investigate complex human relationships with living systems, the known versus the unknown. As we find our way facing a new normal living with a global pandemic, it seems appropriate to reflect on our history and let our imaginations runs wild in predicting the future. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on September 18, from 4 to 7pm. There will be an Artist Talk on October 13th at 7pm.

Is it art or science?

Article about art and science published in Alem Magazine in Turkey. 

Sanat ve bilimin uyumsuz olduğu düşünülebilir. Sanat, yaratıcılıktan, soyut düşüncelerden açık kurallar dizisinden doğarken; bilim ise mantık, gerçekler ve yapı yasalarına dayanır. Bu iki zıt kutbun birleşimden doğan biyo-sanat, bilimde kullanılan yöntem ve teknoloji ile gerçekleşen performans olarak dikkat çekiyor. Günümüzde yeni tanımlamalara yol açtığı için yaratıcılığın sınırlarını zorlayan biyo-sanat, bilimin salt doğruları ile sanatın uçsuz bucaksız hayal gücünü aynı potada buluşturuyor. 

Detailed Portfolio-Baker Artist Portfolio

Detailed Portfolio-Baker Artist Portfolio
Selin is an interdisciplinary artist who projects merging traditional art practice with scientific materials and biological mediums such as mold. She creates a synthetic ‘world’ in which she observes living organisms’ endless interactions, struggles and conflicts across the picture surface. Forming borders, divisions and edges; in her work, mold metaphorically represents human actions and motives.   Balci’s many accolades include the prestigious Mary Sawyers Baker Artist Award in... more 


Just so to say is a series of dialogues between artists who exchange bits and pieces of their current practices over a period of twelve weeks. Each dialogue starts with one work decided upon between the artists who meet only once on-screen, followed by works created in response one after another every two weeks documented on Artnivo, encouraging the sharing of current work-in-development and the exposure of their work processes. Conceived as an analog to direct messaging on social media where images and emojis are sent in response to another, often within a context but without much explanation, each dialogue is a concise line of communication between two artists during a time of remote interactions, (self -) imposed or not. 
Initiated by Teo Jing Yi.
Dialogue 1: Selin Balci X Esin Aykanat Avci & Ilgim Gokturk Basal
3:04. - 26.06.2020
The dialogue starts off with a documentation of the research and experiment process in Esin and Ilgim's project in development together with bang.Prix. The artist-biologist duo are currently exploring visualizations of DNA, using the lab as an art studio and vice versa. In conversation with Selin Balci, an artist based in Annapolis Maryland, USA whose background in microbiology and forestry guides her art practice as she creates landscapes with mold among other organic materials, they exchange routines, work processes and tips with one another.