ALBANY — When most of us think of a still-life photo or painting, images of pieces of insects piled together do not generally come to mind.
But nature mortae, or still life, is what inspired Michael Oliveri to create “Fragments of a Violent World,” which opened at the Albany Museum of Art on June 27.
Oliveri used powerful microscopes to create images inspired by still-life art from centuries ago.
“Oliveri is an artist that likes to play around with science and technology and new interpretations of the natural world,” said AMA Curator Didi Dunphy. “He has been working with different nanotechnology and very high-end microscopic imagery to layer and compose images based on what is referred to as nature mortae, specifically Flemish still-lifes.
“But it isn’t your plethora of food that you would be sitting down to at a dinner table, but pieces of different insects found in our everyday world. Because of the high resolution and the tiny nature of these (creatures), they’re somewhat abstracted and they become these sort of beautiful scientific looks at our natural world, specifically in the insect world.”
Oliveri, who is originally from Los Angeles, collaborated with the Center for Advanced Ultrastructural Research at the University of Georgia for the body of work.
“My microscopy images are an amalgam of photography and science,” Oliveri said in his artist statement. “My intent is to fuse two very distinct aspects of society and culture/science and art, and connect them by way of aesthetics. Finding the apex at which science, art and technology converge on a profound level is what I am truly passionate about.”
The exhibition, which is located in the West Gallery at the Albany Museum of Art, will run until Oct. 12.