Noah Bressman is PhD candidate at Wake Forest University studying fish biology. For his research on fish anatomy, he uses a technique known as clearing and staining, which involves using a series of chemicals to stain specific tissues specific colors (like bone = red, and cartilage = blue), while dissolving away the unwanted tissues. This makes it very easy to study the brightly-colored skeleton of a fish (or other small vertebrate), but creates beautiful images in the process of science! Some of Noah’s pieces are simply photographs and highlight the anatomy of vertebrates, while others use digital editing to transform the images into abstract, modern art.
About the gallery curator
Sophie Heldt is an intern for the fall 2019 semester at a/perture, organizing presentations in the ga//ery space. She is a senior at Wake Forest University majoring in Art History and minoring in French and Studio Art. In the past year, she has assisted in curating a show at Sawtooth School for Visual Arts entitled Unpacking Leo Morrissey. The exhibition featured an unfolding approach to looking at the artist’s extensive body of works on paper. She also co-curated an exhibition on Wake Forest’s campus in conjunction with TEDxWakeForestU 2019, Metamorphic, that featured a thematically focused selection of works from the University Art Collections. She has worked for the Bechtler MoMA in Charlotte for the past three summers, assisting various departments with improving visitor experience. Engraving Injustice is her first solo curated show for a/perture.