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Currently on view at theÂ Beacon Institute for Rivers and EstuariesÂ is an exhibition by artist/biologist BrandonÂ BallengÃ©e, co-organized by Amy Lipton of ecoartspace. The exhibition titled Ghosts of the Gulf includes several stark and brilliantly colorful images of marine species collected in theÂ Gulf of Mexico directly following the deadlyÂ 2010 Deep WaterÂ Horizons (DWH) oil spill disaster.
BallengÃ©eâ€™s artistic and scientific inquiry has focused on the rapid decline of amphibian populationsÂ around the world andÂ the occurrence of developmental deformities amongÂ amphibians. He has received international attention for this work as well as his scientific research publications. BallengÃ©eâ€™s work as a biologist looks at amphibians as bio-indicator species, particularly theirÂ development in complex ecosystems and the proximate causes for developmental deformitiesÂ among wild populations.Â â€œUnderstanding amphibians at this point in history is very important as they are suffering fromÂ rapid wide-spread population declines at over 40% in less than half a centuryâ€ said BallengÃ©e. Though the Gulf of Mexico species depicted in Ghosts of the Gulf do not appear to showÂ deformities, BallengÃ©e, hypothesizes as to why; â€œThe subjects in Ghosts were found shortly after the spill so do not have any obviousÂ morphological abnormalities, however we donâ€™t know what the long term impacts of the spill yetÂ will be, on these species or even our ownâ€.Â These images of species once common to the Gulf, represents a creative process that blurs the lines between art and biology. BallengÃ©eâ€™s specimen-subjects transition from their once living state to brightly colored x-rays revealing theÂ complex architectural anatomy of these beautiful and vanishing species.
Beacon Institute is proud to welcome artist/biologist Brandon BallengÃ©e to its gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY for a new show that will be on display throughÂ March 8, 2015.
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