John Pusateri

Country

NZL

Affliliation

Unitec New Zealand, Auckland Print Studio

Biography

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John Pusateri studied fine arts at Syracuse University where he received his BFA (summa cum laude) in printmaking, 2001. While in Syracuse, Pusateri became involved in a series of projects and art workshops that took place in New York Correctional Facilities. Here, he came to understand the importance of creativity and the many positive roles it can have on people and communities. In 2004, Pusateri moved to New Zealand to undertake a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. In New Zealand, Pusateri developed a strong appreciation for the country's culture and ecology, which has had strong influence upon his work.

Pusateri currently teaches in the Department of Architecture at Unitec New Zealand while continuing to make artwork. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the USA, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Japan, and New Zealand. He has won various awards and his work is represented in numerous private and public collections. Pusateri s work is represented by Seed Gallery in Auckland.

Additionally, Pusateri founded Auckland Print Studio in 2008, which specialises in stone lithography producing limited edition, fine art and architectural prints.

Paper

Biosecurity and the art of cleaning insects: the fusion of art and science.

Abstract

The relationship of science and visual art is an area of historical and contemporary importance championed by numerous international exhibitions and tertiary institutions. The synergy of these disciplines has proved fertile ground for both artists and scientists alike. This paper describes Fallen, a project that exemplifies this coming together of art and science.  In 2007, art became the genesis for a collaborative, ecological study based in Auckland, New Zealand.  The Auckland City Council had a policy to clear stands of invasive vegetation and to replant the areas with native, local flora. The project utilised one of these locations to explore biosecurity, weed management, and the biodiversity 'value' of woody invasive alien plant species. Prior to the beginning of bush clearing, the site was methodically sampled for plant, invertebrate and bird diversity. This sampling took place over a period of 13 months and data collected included whole invertebrate collections as well as photographic documentation. The same sampling was undertaken in a native bush site (matched by climate, proximity to the sea, age, etc.) and the data collections were compared. A particular strength of the collaboration is that both the science and the art are now utilising the same invertebrate collection.  The project is ongoing, and to date has involved the collaboration of a fine artist, a botanist, entomologist and an ecologist. It has thus far resulted in: two fine art exhibitions of photographs and drawings; Fallen a catalogue published by Rim Books in 2008; a submission of a paper to a scientific journal on ground-living beetle diversity; and an uncovering of several invertebrate species new to science.  This paper describes Fallen's scientific methodology and the impact and implications this has had on the fine art image-making process.  The reciprocal nature of collaboration is paramount.   

Date

Wednesday 28 September

Session

1:30pm - 3.00pm

Speaking

1:40pm

Email

john.pusateri@gmail.com

Website

http://www.johnpusateri.com, http://www.aucklandprintstudio.com
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