Brian-Art Initiative is a group exhibition organized by Dr. Audrius V. Plioplysa to support the organization of the same name, which provides $100 million for basic brain research. The BRAIN Initiative is a US program providing an additional BRAIN stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. It was announced by President Obama in 2013 and funding to research laboratories across this country started in 2014.
For this group exhibition, Aron Packer, of the Packer Schopf Gallery, curated the exhibit to 39 pieces by 33 artists in a range of media and sizes that illustrate just how deeply these ideas were pondered, and how they informed the creative process. The work in the exhibition investigates how our minds work, where thinking comes from, and what is the source of consciousness.
Included in this exhibition was Paula Crown’s photographic print Inside My Head, created from the series of the same name. The multimedia work INSIDE MY HEAD: A Contemporary Self Portrait (2013) began with MRIs of Crown’s brain. Beset by migraines since childhood, she animated these high-tech images of her internal landscape and projected them on concave screens and created photographic prints from these digital images. The series is a self-portrait rendered from the inside out, an intimate view of her personal topology. Altered and viewed in an alternative scale, the images evoke the cosmos and its starscapes, from which we evolved.
The exhibit took place at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111 Str., Chicago, from September 12 through October 26, 2014.