Michigan Forest: The Future of Genetic Manipulation on an Eco System

Rob Vander Zee's avatar Rob Vander Zee Vote Code: 54974
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This painting is an imaginative look into the future of genetic experimentation and its impact on an eco system in Michigan. Behind closed doors, scientists are experimenting with genetic manipulation and getting unexpected and amazing results. My painting posts the questions, “How far will we go?” and “What will the impact be on the natural and human world?” “What would happen if these experiments somehow leaked into the natural world and began evolving on their own?” In this painting, plants, animals and “human” forms can be found that have been genetically altered. Have the humans done this as a form of vanity? The whole ecosystem I created pulsates with new and familiar life forms. It is a playful look at what could happen as humans move ever closer to this unpredictable future.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3"
  • Medium: Painting
  • Width: 285"
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 76"

Venue & Connection Information

This is a large, three-panel painting. Each panel measures 76” (6.3 ft) tall by 95” (7.9 ft.) long with a total length of 285”. (roughly 24’) Each panel is made of light weight wood (luan) allowing the painting to remain light in weight and easy to hang with basic gallery wire and hanging systems. I build the painting surface with layers of Old Master’s glazes which creates a glossy finish. The painting would be best hung in an indoor, enclosed space with good gallery lighting and no windows (if possible) due to the glare that outdoor light creates on the surface.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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