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Amisha Gadani

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Blowfish Dress, 2008/2013
Video
Dress: chiffon, sateen, fans, electronics
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Ken Goebel 

Amisha Gadani’s work focuses on creatures she finds curious or strange. Blowfish Dress, presented as a video, is part of an ongoing series of kinetic, wearable dresses based on animals that have interesting defense systems. For each garment she incorporates these protective mechanisms into women’s evening dresses. In this case, the dress mimics the natural defense of a blowfish, which can expand in size to ward off predators. As with many of her projects, this series incorporates scientific research she conducts during residencies in biology labs. 

Gadani is an artist-in-residence at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Alfaro Lab and in the school’s Institute for Society and Genetics lab. She previously worked for an interdisciplinary arts research lab at Carnegie Mellon University’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Her work has been exhibited across the country, including at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; the DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY; the Exploratorium Museum, San Francisco, CA; and Gallery Raku, Tokyo, Japan. The artist received a BA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Pictured above:
Blowfish Dress
, 2008/2013
Video
Dress: chiffon, sateen, fans, electronics
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Ken Goebel 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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