The latest art exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library presents photos that show a real-life experience on earth that simulates Mars' environment.
The exhibit's photos by conceptual artist Cassandra Klos are from her time as an artist-in-residence in 2017 at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The station is a facility that provides Earth-based research to learn more about what's needed to further human space exploration. At the facility people from around the world dedicate weeks and months while donning space suits, eating diets consisting of only freeze-dried food with a purpose to simulate Mars' environment.
Klos' photographs of the project "blur the lines between reality and science-fiction, depicting red desert landscapes, lonely astronauts, space station gadgets and starry skies."
Klos is a native of New Hampshire and studied art and psychology at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her work focuses on "manipulating the validity of photography and creating dual realities that breathe life into situations where visual manifestations may not be available."
Her work has appeared in several group and solo exhibitions, and has been published in The Atlantic and The Boston Globe. Her photojournalism reporting has been included in Time magazine and Wired.
Cassandra Klos: Mars on Earth is on view from March 2 through April 30, 2018, and there will be a public reception on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition space is located on the lower level.
This is the latest exhibit in partnership between the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and Uforge. There will be six artist exhibits throughout 2018. The first exhibit of the year was Liliana Marquez's rePOPART, which opened in January.