Fusion at Exploration Place. (Day 60)

Bridging Art and Science at Exploration Place
Fusion by Susan de Wit and Lee Shiney
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 – Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

Encaustic from "Fusion" at Exploration Place, Wichita, Kansas

Show statements and details from the Exploration Place website:

In this linear exhibit space located on Exploration Place’s indoor bridge, enjoy pieces by local artists that illustrate the intermingling of art and science.

Artists will debut their works three times each year during a family-friendly opening event. The next opening is Friday, Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Admission is free. Light snacks will also be available at no charge.

In this all-new effort, Exploration Place is collaborating with Arts Partners. Two professional artists will be featured — Susan de Wit and Lee Shiney – who work with Arts Partners in its mission to integrate arts into Pre K to 12 curriculum, in collaboration with local institutions like Exploration Place.

You and your family will also get a chance to create your own art pieces with the help of Exploration Place educators. Use similar techniques as those used by the featured artists and take your creation home.

About the Artists

De Wit is a long-time Wichita artist who works in various media. During the past three years she has found a love for felting fibers and specifically creating objects out of wool.

The unidirectional scales on the wool fibers, when softened with water and rolled, bond together and form a dense mat.

As an Arts Partners teaching artist, De Wit uses existing school curriculum of math and science to introduce art and artistic creation to children.

She maintains a private studio and enjoys working with organizations that work for social change through the arts.

Lee Shiney is a full-time painter and kinetic sculptor whose art and “art-making-art” machines are responses to high-art, art accessibility and personal illness.

His current project uses machines and encaustic media – a wax-based pigment that requires heat to fuse the pigment to the canvas. Recycling and repurposing is an ongoing theme, as is constant experimentation with non-traditional painting surfaces.

“My approach to artwork, including these works, is a balance of science and art,” said Shiney. “I work in a problem-solving mode and test ideas in a scientific method-type of process. Examination of physical characteristics of materials is key to my experimentation, and failure is embraced as a key part of the learning and creative processes,” he said.