SANTA FE, N.M. — Not many artworks take your pulse and incorporate your fingerprint into its abstract imagery.
Then again, not many art exhibits showcase works from a single collection of private collectors.
Both can be found at Art House at 231 Delgado St., Santa Fe, just off Canyon Road, where the current exhibition “Luminous Flux” features contemporary pieces involving computer, digital, electroluminescent and related forms from the more than 500 works of art collected by Carl and Marilynn Thoma and presented through their foundation.
And one of those works, by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, entitled “Pulse Index,” does indeed scan the fingerprints of viewers and record their heartbeats, offering an individual’s numeric and graphic pulse rate. That reading is temporary; the spiral image of the fingerprint stays until 509 more are added.