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PATRICIA OLYNCK www.patriciaolynyk.com


Patricia Olynyk The Cold Open, 2012 Digital Print on Archival Film, lightbox


“The Cold Open” re-contextualizes collected images from a vast inventory of historical medical devices collected for their unique historical value. These light box sculptures draw together both the historical and modern desire to augment, control and manipulate our corporeal selves. Olynyk’s work explores the dialectics of mind and body, human and artificial, and sensing and knowing. Her work often investigates the ways in which dominant culture and institutional structures shape our understanding of science and the natural world.


Bio Patricia Olynyk is Chair Elect of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) and both director of the Graduate School of Art and Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. She has also taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she became the first non-scientist appointed to their Life Sciences Institute. Her Projects for the National Acad- emy of Sciences in Washington, D.C, and the Art | Sci Center’s California NanoSystems


Institute at U.C.L.A. challenge “ocularcentric” tendencies by combining media that trigger various modes of sensation. She received her MFA degree with Distinction from the California College of the Arts and later spent four years as a Monbusho Scholar and also Tokyu Foundation Research Scholar in Japan. Her work has been exhibited internation- ally at: the Brooklyn Museum; the Museo del Corso, Rome; the Saitama Modern Art Museum, Japan; the Universität der Künste, Berlin; and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.


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