Laura Splan: Conformations
Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Opening with public reception: Thursday, October 17, 2019
I am currently immersed in a new body of work culminating from an artist residency at a biotech laboratory. During my discussions with scientists, I learned more about the use of non-human species to produce antibodies for human drug development. These discussions circuitously led to me receiving over 200 pounds (90kg) of raw wool from laboratory llamas and alpacas. The exhibition will include sculptures made from the hand-spun fiber along with other audio-visual sources created and collected during my residency. The exhibition opens October 17, 2019 at the Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. An accompanying artist book of photography, Needle in a Haystack, is available online and will also be on display in the exhibition which explores the presence and absence of the body through the materiality of biotechnology.