Data Processing

Mary Bates Neubauer's work seems to offer proof that, as the old adage goes, one can make numbers say anything. The Arizona-based artist's images draw upon scientific data to take a variety of ambiguous shapes. Neubauer's background is in sculpture and her 3D images reveal this approach, as they are made of layer upon layer of photograms, scanned images, animations, and rapid prototypes that have been processed digitally and combined with basic sculptural molding and reproduction methods. Despite titles like Airport Decibal Levels (pictured), there seems to be no discernible relationship between the image and the information to which it corresponds. The work seeks to comment on the processes used by the scientific community to gather and analyze data. As the artist says, 'It raises questions about how scientific and technical findings are interpreted and what effect this has upon our understanding of the nature of empirical evidence.' The images reveal the creativity of the research process while seeming to suggest a dynamic secret life to statistics. If you're near Southern California between August 9-September 1, you can see for yourself that there's more to data than meets the eye, by visiting Neubauer's exhibit at the Los Angeles Center For Digital Art. - Angela Moreno