Neuro Portrait: inspiring art and science

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Quebec artist Steven Spazuk works on the detail of a large portrait of Brenda Milner, the Montreal Neurological Institute’s renowned neuroscientist. Spazuk uses small panels of singed cardboard to create striking portraits. The portrait is part of a project to raise public awareness of the Neuro Portrait exhibit. / Photo: John Kelsey

Quebec artist Steven Spazuk works on the detail of a large portrait of Brenda Milner, the Montreal Neurological Institute’s renowned neuroscientist. Spazuk uses small panels of singed cardboard to create striking portraits. The portrait is part of the Neuro Portrait exhibit. / Photo: John Kelsey

Photo exhibit dives into the heart of creativity and the human brain

By Anita Kar

Starting on August 26, the public is invited to discover The Neuro through the lens of twelve of Quebec’s most talented and inventive photographers and artists. This unique exhibit titled Neuro Portrait explores neuroscience and a world-renowned Quebec institution – the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – that is uncovering the secrets of the human brain and providing the most advanced compassionate care to patients with neurological disorders.

Yves Ferland, a former patient, initiated Neuro Portrait after he underwent a brain tumour operation at The Neuro in 2010. As part of the exhibit, Ferland shows a series of images depicting a brain surgery operation from the perspective of the patient. “I feel that people deserve to know more about this extraordinary place, the passionate physicians and nurses who treat and care for patients suffering from really challenging neurological disorders, and the dedicated researchers who are looking for cures,” said Ferland. “Neuro Portrait is a window into a scientific and medical hub of innovation and vision right in the heart of Montreal.”

Neuro Portrait is a tour de force of photographic and visual creativity. Neurons shine like stars in a galaxy, images are painted with light, thousands of particles combine in a video representation of a lifetime of memories, a neurosurgeon’s healing touch is captured on film, and the face of world-famous neuropsychologist Brenda Milner is portrayed by an extraordinary technique of painting with fire and soot. The photographers explored the notion of creativity in science but they also took the opportunity to explore some of the science behind the creativity of well-known artists including comedian Francois Perusse and soprano Gianna Corbisiero, using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology.

Neuro Portrait will be exhibited at major Montreal locations:

Complexe Desjardins                                                    August 26 – September 6

Complexe de la Gare Centrale                                   September 16 – 27

Place Ville-Marie                                                              October 7 – 18 October

Centre de commerce mondial de Montréal        October 28 – November 8 November

 

For more information contact Anita Kar at 514-398-3376 or via email at anita.kar@mcgill.ca

To read a 2012 Reporter profile on Yves Ferland and his inspiration for the Neuro Portrait project, go here.

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