Saturday, February 07, 2009

Gretchen Schermerhorn / Genetic Drift

February 13 - March 22
Opening Reception: February 13, 7-9pm
Curated by Anita Walsh

With paper as her medium, Gretchen Schermerhorn creates prints and sculptures using repetition and pattern in an organic way. More specifically, she shows what happens when small elements within a pattern become disrupted or changed and how this affects the overall structure. Genetic drift is the accumulation of random changes in a gene pool. The individual changes are miniscule and gradual—and the drift is often very slow—but over time these changes cause big alterations to the gene pool. Ultimately, variants of a gene can disappear completely or evolve as in natural selection. Schermerhorn's installations, which contrast natural patterning with decorative wallpaper, vary in much the same way—adapting to a specific time and space.

DC Arts Center
2438 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

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