Three LES Shows Reveal a World of Hidden Details
The act of seeing is complicated, especially when it comes to the challenges of art. On a recent wander through the Lower East Side, I found myself in three galleries currently hosting solo exhibitions that require a closer look to reveal the details hidden from the first glance.
Slime mould, SEM - Stock Image B250/1047
Slime mould (Physarum polycephalum) feeding on the surface of an almond, coloured scanning electron micrograph. This is the plasmodium phase of the slime mould's life cycle. It is a single, huge cell with multiple nuclei. It can move slowly, feeding on bacteria, fungi and decaying matter. Some species can seek out certain types of food. In poor conditions, the plasmodium produces mushroom-like fruiting bodies. These release spores that germinate into free-living, single-celled amoebas. These…