American contemporary artist who works in different types of media. I have became interested in his work a while ago, particularly with his transgenic piece ‘GFP Bunny’ (Alba).
The creation of this piece is a collaboration between Kac and french geneticist Louis-Marie Houdebine. This piece is a fluorescent rabbit developed by interference with genes. The GFP gene has been taken from a jelly fish to make a rabbit ‘glow’ under the blue lighting. The gene has been implanted to the pregnant rabbit, when the rabbits were born some of them carried this gene.
It is interesting how an artist was able to create a living creature from his imagination.
‘Kac’s art is based on the literal creation of new biological life. Kac explains that transgenic art must be created “with great care and with a commitment to respect, nurture, and love the life thus created.”‘