Sunday, July 27, 2014

You can see some of my work this month at
The Cool School, Los Angeles. Feel free to stop by.

July 26 – August 31
Opening reception July 26, 7-10pm


Friday, July 25, 2014

Life Magnified: A glimpse of what lies just beneath one’s skin.

In the mid to late 1800’s, there was a revolution in medicine due to Louis Pastuer’s germ theory of disease. The scientific community recognized that organisms that weren’t visible to the human eye could infect and decimate entire populations, including man. During this time, Charles Darwin’s Origins of Species (1859) was also published. His theory of evolution pulled the rug out from underneath the traditional idea that nature had directed goals and species were immutable.  Man’s world was not so orderly or well understood anymore.
The fantastic French artist, Odilon Redon, was deeply influenced by these scientific discoveries.  He had a deep interest in the relationship of science to society, which included the powerlessness of man before these invisible forces of nature.  

A worm-like form emerges fro the void.

Phantom, Charcoal, 1885, Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG, Bremin/Berlin

Ciliated faces float about.

 In the Primeval Slime, Charcoal, 1880 Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG, Bremin/Berlin

 Almost a hundred and fifty years later, our understanding of germs has greatly advanced.  Not only are there more microscopy techniques out there for biomedical researchers to use, but they have unearthed a plethora of forms, systems and structures that were previously unknown.  These recent discoveries and other microscopic forms are highlighted in an exhibition, Life Magnified, up at Dulles International Airport this summer.    The 40+ photographs let us get lost in a labyrinth of forms that create intricate and psychedelic little worlds. 

Neurons in the cerebellum, a region of the brain: Thomas Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California, San Diego

The mouthparts of a Lone Star tick: Igor Siwanowicz, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA.

Hair cells: the sound-sensing cells in the ear

Henning Horn, Brian Burke and Colin Stewart, Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research, Singapore

Weblike sheath covering developing egg chambers in a giant grasshopper: Kevin Edwards, Johny Shajahan and Doug Whitman, Illinois State University
The biomedical researchers who created these images hope to bring an awareness to their important work in the sciences.