Small Wonders: Insects in Focus, Opens This Week at The Bishop Science Museum

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Insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on Earth — functions that often go unnoticed because of their small size or scale. Now, using cutting-edge technology and custom methods that put tiny insects on a human scale, artist and photographer Bob Sober allows visitors to see the patterns, textures, colors and details that have always been present, but too small to appreciate in The Bishop's newest special exhibition: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus.

Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past 10 years. Now, Sober's skills allow us to see the intersection of natural science and art in the smooth metallic finishes and heavily stippled textures, strange body shapes, delicate wing structures and beautifully engineered body components in this series of 30 images that will be on display in the Museum's second-floor Rincon Gallery and throughout the Museum.

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus opens this Wednesday and will be on display until Oct. 20. Seeing the exhibition is included in the cost of admission.

"My attitude is that the insect is the artwork," says Sober. "My role is to create a human scale image that may allow the viewer to see the patterns, textures, colors and details that have always been present, but too small to appreciate. I also hope that my images stir a new curiosity in the viewer as they have in me. A sense of wonder about the world around them, a desire to learn more about why their bodies are made the way they are, why does their skin have this texture, why are antennas the shape they are or why does one insect color its scales and another has color in its skin?"

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