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'Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez' Exhibit At The Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego
Above: Graphic logo of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where "Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez" will be showing September 21 - January 12. Courtesy of MCASD.
Photographer Dana Montlack’s richly hued images isolate and abstract biological specimens into beguiling graphic elements. Working with micro lenses, Montlack makes the unseen visible in compositions that convey both specificity and mystery. Her newest body of work directly references John Steinbeck’s "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" (1951).
Steinbeck’s book recounts his six-week expedition through the Gulf of California with marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Part intertidal taxonomy, part ecological travelogue, the book considers themes of home, mapping, and environmental harmony.
Working collaboratively with the scientists and staff members at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium, Montlack selected and photographed specimens and charts from the waterways Steinbeck explored. By isolating and layering this source imagery, drawn from the vast Scripps Oceanographic Collections, Montlack crafts a new taxonomy of place.
Prices: Admission is free for visitors under the age of 25 as well as for military members and their families (with ID). Students 26 and over (with ID) pay $5.00. Seniors also pay $5.00. General Admission is $10.00. The Museum is free on the third Thursday of every month from 5-7 PM.