The spring art show at the Fitchburg biotech company Promega in Fitchburg is called "Creative Consciousness," described by the curators as "an artistic exploration into mindfulness and realms of consciousness."
Among six artists showing work in a variety of media is photographer Lisa Frank, a lecturer in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Design Studies Department who uses virtual reality technology to create her work. On display are several panels, including some that nod to 17th-century Dutch still life painting.
Frank has said her work draws on her background as a textile designer, as well as "Britain's Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century."
"Choosing to focus on natural elements that are not commonly appreciated or used for decorative purposes, my artwork is connected to the 'wildness' in nature, even as it is taming it by the creation of formal patterning," Frank wrote in an artist's statement.
"I make large scale photographs that depict complex patterns," she added. "These patterns are composed from elements of nature and are presented in the form of traditional wallpaper designs."
Also showing work are Arizona painter Wayne Branch, illustrator Andy Ewen, Russian pop surrealist Skinny Gaviar, painter Micah Linton and multimedia artist Virginia Rose.
Through May 29
Promega, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg