Publication Date: August 2002
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Embryonic Landscapes, a new book devoted to Mexican-born New York-based artist Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, is a collection of images of embryonic forms and the space they create. The subjects are taken mostly from the artist's own molecular embryology research; but Altaba has made art out of these objects, commonly understood only in a medical or anatomical sense, presenting them in new and unexpected contexts. Embryonic Landscapes challenges current stereotypes of science and scientists, breaking down boundaries between science and art, presenting a dialogue among the creative voices emerging from all disciplines--with texts by scientists, writers and authors including John Berger, William T. Vollman, Carter Hodgkin, and Joan Fontcuberta. This is a book about the pleasure of beholding and attempting to comprehend nature; it is as well an inquiry into the reality and meaning of the images which form the basis of our interactions with nature, and the foundations of our essential selves.
About the Authori Altaba is a professor in the Developmental Genetics Program at New York University School of Medicine.
Joan Fontcuberta was born in 1955 in Barcelona, Spain, where he continues to live and work. Since the mid-70s he has been a photographer, curator, writer, teacher, and publisher. He has exhibited extensively in group and one-person shows at museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and his work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. He contributes regularly to scholarly journals and has published numerous books, including Sputnik and Twilight Zones. Joan Fontcuberta is an artist, writer and curator based in Barcelona, Spain.