Gina Gibson – Seeking the Unseen

  • May 2 - July 29, 2022, 3:00 am US/Central

Seeking the Unseen

Virtual Gallery Talk – May 2022

 

Seeking the Unseen is a body of artwork that celebrates the search for the hidden and unseen. Deep below the surface there is beauty in the old and new, the light and dark, and the known and unknown.

Gina Gibson is a Professor of Graphic Design at Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish, South Dakota. Gibson, an internationally exhibiting artist and lecturer, became the first-ever Artist-in-Residence (AiR) for the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota in 2020. SURF is the deepest underground research laboratory in the United States, reaching a depth of nearly one mile below the surface and housing experiments in dark matter and neutrino physics, biology, geology and engineering including LBNF/DUNE. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), is an international flagship neutrino experiment and will be installed in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). DUNE will comprise of state-of-the-art particle detectors: one at Fermilab and one deep underground at SURF. DUNE will measure the behavior of neutrinos as they travel between the two labs. SURF is also the location of the former Homestake Gold Mine. Until its closure in 2002, Homestake was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America, producing approximately 41 million ounces of gold in its 126-year lifetime. SURF’s unique location, history and science are the foundation for this body of artwork. The success of the inaugural SURF AiR program led to a new partnership between BHSU and SURF and the appointment of Gibson as the Coordinator.

 

 

Touch

Medium: Scanned cable slices from SURF, artist’s hand.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

 

 

Timber Waves

Medium: Scanned slices of shaft timber from SURF.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Phases

Medium: Hubble Telescope Image NGC 3810, digital image of bacteria from the 4850-foot level at SURF.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Timber Rings

Medium: Scanned slices of shaft timber from SURF.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

A Day for a Parade

Medium: Metal mule, brake shoes and copper rings from SURF, acrylic print.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Bacteria and Bullseye

Medium: Image of bacteria from the 4850-foot level at SURF, 1995 Homestake Gold Mine Co. blueprint, found object and wood from SURF, acrylic print.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

A Piece of the Puzzle

Medium: Enlarged image of Dr. Ray Davis puzzle, printed on Masonite.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Rings

Medium: Digital image of copper and silver rings from SURF.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

From the 4100

Medium: Digitally manipulated image from SURF 4100-foot level.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Noise

Medium: Digital image of bacteria from the 4850-foot level at SURF.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved

Sifting

Medium: Plastic gold pans, Google Earth image of Lead, South Dakota. Digital image of SURF core sample, acrylic print.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Sifting

Medium: Wood and metal from SURF, mixed media.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Dreams of Dark Matter and the Origins of the Universe

Medium: Hubble Telescope Image NGC 3810, digital image of bacteria from the 4850-foot level at SURF, image of burst disk.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Mining for Peace

Medium: Plastic gold pan, metal miner, plastic doves.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Ladder and Headframe

Medium: Underground photography, image manipulation.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Just Above the Surface

Medium: Photography, Hubble Telescope Image HS-2015-02-A.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Red Earth 

Medium: Digital photo manipulation from SURF underground.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

The Search for Gold

Medium: 1933 Homestake Mining Co. blueprint, image of bacteria from the 4850-foot level at SURF.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.

Blue Earth

Medium: Digitally manipulated image SURF 4850-foot level.
© 2020, Gina Gibson. All rights reserved.