Bronze 2015 / Portfolio / Fine Art_PO (Non-Pro)

Life Science Study

  • Prizes
    Bronze in Portfolio/Fine Art
  • Photographer
    Eran Gilat
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"Life Science" by Eran Gilat: I am a Neuroscientist and an avid Fine Art Photographer. My scientific research focus on the study of the mechanisms underlying epilepsy and the development of innovative cure for this illness. In recent years I found myself directing vast attention to the "flesh arena", highly inspired by my long lasting confrontation with the biological tissue for the study of Neuroscience. "Life Science" is an attempt to deal with the aesthetics of the scene, improvising various contexts, the tools and paraphernalia shown are not just the typical ones used in the clinical operating place. It takes a while for a young clinician or a researcher to accommodate the laboratory or hospital scenes to enable good performance. This is done by extensive training; some cannot adjust to the visuals. I feel, my photographic activity carries me to these regions too. My "Life Science” project is forcing the biological tissue into a relatively pleasant, sometimes artificial scenarios contemplating disquieting issues of materialism, erotica and mortality, corresponding with the complicated and intriguing category of “Animal Reminder” in the visual arts. Aging, wearing, erotica and lust are twirling mingled together here, as if our existence is eternal on this planet. My extended “Life Science” series negotiates also the immoral reasoning for various toning of human violence, the use of viciousness! My images move from the animate, lively flesh of lust to the inanimate, lifeless ones. We tend to describe violent humankind behavior as an animal like beastly revolting one, associated with animal violent behavior. But the animal world is dictated purely by survival rules due to inexorable, harsh selection process. No one will consider the employment of the essentials measures for the preservation of the species as cruel ones; this was previously emphasized by Charles Darwin and recent eminent scholars. I believe that in many aspects we are inferior to the animal world moral conduct, while evidently being superior in our intellectual competence. # All animal specimens are derived from Natural History Facility. & Final version will include a peer reviewed essay: The Brain and the Visual Arts: An emphasize on the "Animal Reminder" genre in the visual arts.   Eran Gilat, Brief Biography: Eran Gilat is a Neuroscientist and an avid Fine Art Photographer. Eran's scientific research focus on the study of the mechanisms underlying epilepsy and the development of innovative cure for this illness. Eran's photography was introduced in solo at the New York Photography Festival (2011) and surprised him with immense supporting reactions. It was invited to leading galleries in Israel, and numerous invitations followed including: FOTO8 London and Lensculture Paris, Lodz Fotofestival GradPrix, Arles Gallery Huit, Philadelphia Photo Art Center, Cape Town Photography Festival (MoP5 2012), twice at the San Diego Museum of the living artist, Solo at the Athens Photography Festival 2012, Millennium images - London first prize 2012 (represented by Millennium, London), Edward Hopper Art Center- NY with Jury Recognition Award, Cambridge University Gallery, Bulgarian Photo Academy (solo) , the Jerusalem - On The Seam Museum , the Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston) , The Center for fine art photography Fort Collins and NIKON story telling Award Tokyo Exhibition (2013). At present/recently at the Auckland Photography Festival and the Royal Photographic Society Print 157 exhibition, the New York Hall of Science Museum “BRAIN” exhibition, GERA Museum (Serbia), PhotoPlace Gallery (Vermont) and a solo at the Sidney Photography Festival, 2015. Project images were featured in numerous international magazines and catalogs, for example: Sunday Times – Spectrum, GUP, Trendtablet, Tribe, loeildelaphotographie, PH magazine, Lensculture, ArtesMagazine, Prism photomagazine, Blur Magazine, L'oeil de la photographie, Archivo Magazine, Shots Magazine, Hungary Fotomagazine, Two South Korean Photography Magazines, NY Musee Magazine and Lens magazine China. Books: Featured in "An Eye for an Ear" Arles Open Salon book, in The Center for fine art photography – Portfolio 6 and will be featured in the Gomma, "suture" book, 2015.