BlackRock Center for the Arts Presents Michal Gavish: Nano Portraiture

By Editorial Team on January 14, 2019
Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 2 at 2pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Michal Gavish: Nano Portraiture, opening on Saturday, January 12, 2019 with a Meet the Artists Reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, February 16, 2019 in the Kay Gallery, on the main level. Washinton, DC based artist Michal Gavish will return to BlackRock on Saturday, February 2 to present an Artist Talk at 2:00 p.m., followed be a tour of the exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free.

Magnifying nanostructures from their original scale, Michal Gavish creates abstracted constructions which illuminate biological complexities generally invisible to the naked eye. Drawing upon her background as a research scientist, she presents sculptural installations of paintings and drawings depicting sub-micro biological systems based on specific scientific models and spectra from her ongoing collaborations with biologists and chemists. In her solo exhibition Nano Portraiture, Gavish explores the vulnerability of DNA and protein molecules to the changing environment in a series of multi-media works that reflect on the fragility of our inner biology. She invites viewers to adopt new perspectives as they experience the tiny complex bio-formations she has amplified to larger-than-life scale in structures which blur the definition of portraiture.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michal Gavish is a Washington, DC based artist and writer who received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from City University, New York then worked as a research scientist before earning her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her paintings, installations and videos have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, including solo shows at the Hungarian Jewish Museum (Budapest, Hungary), Humanities Gallery at Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY), Sandra Lee Gallery (San Francisco, CA), LIA at the Spinnerei (Leipzig, Germany), and Zadik Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel) as well as in group shows at IA&A at Hillyer (Washington, DC), National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University (Stanford, CA), Sonoma Valley Art Museum (Sonoma, CA), and Cooper Union (New York, NY). Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. Gavish is a staff writer for SciArt Magazine, she lectures extensively and also teaches college courses in art and science. She was born in Israel and currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Learn more about the artist at:

The BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 2901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD.