Artist brings DNA processing to life on gallery walls

Artist Paul Vanouse, and his assistant Kerry Sheehan, stage "Suspect Inversion Center," in which the artist attempts to create a DNA profile that matches that of OJ Simpson. Photo by Axel Heise.
Artist Paul Vanouse, and his assistant Kerry Sheehan, stage “Suspect Inversion Center,” in which the artist attempts to create a DNA profile that matches that of OJ Simpson. Photo by Axel Heise.

The O.J. Simpson case will be remembered for a lot of things. A brutal double murder, a slow-motion car chase, a glove that didn’t fit.

But on a legal level, it was an important turning point in the use of DNA evidence. Simpson’s DNA is now the focus of another type of scrutiny.

In a new exhibit at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, at U.C. Irvine, artist Paul Vanouse has turned the running back’s genetic material into the centerpiece of an unusual creative experiment.