The Abandoned House

Leg·end·eer·ing

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This summer I made the decision to partake in a movement coined “Legendeering” (legendeer.org)

n. legnd-ēr′ĭng

1. The process of informing creative outcomes through direct personal experience.

2. The designing of direct personal experience in the generation of creative content used to inform personal voice and stylistic outcomes.

I choose to partake because I found myself in a spot where I was unsure of how I wanted to develop my work. I have spent many years in school developing technique and learning new content but I was left in a spot unsure of how or what concepts to develop. I didn’t expect to leave this workshop with a full blown direction, but  ideas and a recollection of the subjects that interest me. I want to bring myself back to the reason I set out to be a creator in the first place.

I opted to partake in the second half of the workshop, Week 2. The weekend’s lectures took place at VCU’s Rice Center. This is where Sterling Hundley, Matt Wallin, Chris Visions, Eric Pfieffer and TyRuben Ellingson all took time to speak about not just the process of working on a piece, but how their work changed with time. Their work grew as life progressed. No matter the duration of each artists carrier, It was apparent that life was a part of the process and growth of the work. So whatever comes will be developed with time. (Later we also heard from Robert Meganck and Lori Panico )

The Abandoned House

 

Week 2′s Camping Trip in images.

It was truly enriching getting back to nature.  I don’t know that I necessarily want to directly use my experiences from this trip in any story I might develop, but it gave me time to think about the education I have built over the last 8 years and how I might want that to play into personal work. The biggest part now is planning what I want, developing a strategy and getting rid of any obstacles. I feel as though the beginning part of my life, part of which is planned for you, was very instinctual and I understood what I wanted. Now, with limitless possibilities and more control over what to create, a path or destination is unclear. Now I need to creating an intention and stop letting my self be so distracted. Now that I am home working and with friends & family, distraction is what I have found to be the biggest obstacle.

For me I think this experience was also good because it brought me back to a place where I feel most creative, Richmond, Virginia. And while I like being home (Good Ole’ Harford Co. MD) and I don’t feel that I need to move,  the RVA creative environment is something to be noted. The people are all searching, creating, embracing and there is a forever sharing of ideas. I enjoyed meeting a new community of artists in a seemingly similar “life place” but different ideas of what they want. From this trip I learned I don’t know what I want and that is okay. I will just focus on what I like doing. Making and sharing things.

Some of the people I met:

http://instagram.com/cadmiumcoffee

http://instagram.com/lenaszymaniec

http://instagram.com/chikinfat

http://instagram.com/zimmrt

http://instagram.com/tlehinvictus

http://instagram.com/legendeer

If you also took part in legendeering in some way (whether online or in person) feel free to leave comments & experiences below!

Microbial Magic

Anatomy, Inspiration, Prints, Traditional Work

The season of giving will soon be upon us so I thought I this would be a great opportunity to search the web and curate a mini exhibition of the anatomically awesome things that people create! For the first of this series lets start small, with some microbes!

Society6 is one of the sites I joined last year to help promote my work. And through it I have been able to find a variety of fresh yet talented artists:

Microbe 1 by Veronica Martinis

 

Microbe Family by AMOSLIDE

(And I am not quite sure what this is, but I like it too  … )

Microbes are also quite fashionable:

Bacteria – Thousands Of ‘Em (Pink) by Chayground

Microbe Onsie

Histoplasma Capsulatum by Yours Truely ;) ( Autumn Kulaga )

Retro Amoeba Earrings by LemantulaDesigns

 

Or maybe you know someone that appreciates more tangible objects. You know grown adults searching for “collectables” ( a.k.a desk toys) .

Bacteriophage T7 Model

Shapeways is an amazing site bringing 3D printing and prototyping capability to the masses.

4c9o by Virtox

E-coli Toxin by Anthromod

 

And of course we can’t forget about the more commonly known plush microbes. Cuddly enough for an infant, even the bed bug is adorable!

Bed Bug Plush

 

Alicia Watkins is an Etsy Vendor who will create any one of a variety of microbes by cross stitch:

Microbes cross stitch set by Alicia Watkins

Or perhaps you are crafty enough to try out some of her patterns yourself?!

 

Know of any other microbial wonders? Feel free to share in the comments of this post!

SciArt

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Originally posted on A r t s & S c i e n c e s:

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Sci Art in America fait partie de ces rares magazines dans lesquels l’art et la science convergent. Publié bimensuellement, Sci Art célèbre son 1er anniversaire dans le numéro du mois d’août 2014 avec des citations inspirantes sur la relation personnelle que l’on peut avoir avec les arts et les sciences. On y retrouvera comme à l’habitude des œuvres fantastiques  telles qu’Interpolation in the Genetic Space in Electric Sheep de Scott Draves – pionnier de l’art logiciel et détenteur d’un doctorat en sciences de l’informatique,  des florissantes boite de Petri de Suzanne Anker, le Grand collisionneur de hadrons de Jonathan Feldschuh  diplômé en physique ainsi que la femme Qbist (2014) de Julian Von Andreas  -  dont on a déjà fait mention sur ce site dans les billets Art quantique et GFP.

Longue vie à Sci…

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Anatomy & Illustration Gallery Exhibit

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As some of you know I have joined the Arts by the Bay Gallery in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Havre de Grace is a beautiful little town by the water in the north east of Harford County. We are about 30 minutes north of Baltimore.

At our last meeting I was chosen as the featured artist for the May 16th Gallery Exhibition and I am super excited!

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Prosected Palm

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Water for Elephants

I decided to focus the show on my  anatomy and illustration. I wanted to see how the my work for medical illustration and other personal work fit together.  I tend to think that because I use such a diverse set of mediums and subject matters, that I am lacking a style. But as I put things next to each other a small “Je ne sais quoi” seems to appear.  Again, I am very excited to share all of my work with anyone who can make it to the gallery.

I think this comes at a good time. It allows me to see where this work has brought me. Going through the piles of art has given me an opportunity to think about what I was trying to do with each piece, and whether I was successful. It also gave me a chance to find “hidden jewels”. Pieces which I previously thought were crap, but now seem kind of neat. Maybe there is something in each work that I subconsciously put in them all. . .

gallery artwork framed

 

See the rest of the picks this Friday May 16th 7 – 9pm!  See the other art by the rest of the Arts By The Bay Community, amazing art and good company!

Arts By The Bay Upcoming Events

Anatomical Decor

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I want to share this table I refurbished a few months back. I received the table from my dad who had it around the house. The top was a little worn but as a whole it was in pretty good shape. Despite the rectangular shape, i couldn’t help but think the table would spectacular representing slides of human tissue cells. I thought the shapes would look delightfully abstract but still hold interest to those who same what was in the shapes.

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Glomerulus table

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Glomerulus table work in progress

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On the table, the glomerular capsule is the largest shape and therefore the focus. The glomerulus receives blood
Is a part of the kidney and blood filtration process, which produces urine. The cells around the glomerulus are distal and proximal convoluted tubules that carry the urine to the renal papilla and eventually out of your kidney.

I used a combination of stain and acrylic paint. Then I spray polyurethanes the top for protection.

Currently the piece is for sale in Bel Air, MD at the Barely Used Consignment Shop.  

SAMA Art Show at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago

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Originally posted on UIC BVIS Students:

On November 15th the Student Association of Medial Artists (SAMA) put on an art show featuring the work of current BVIS students. This show was graciously hosted by the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago located right in the heart of downtown. A fun night was had by all, with attendance by students, faculty, alumni and friends.

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BVIS students got the chance to see their work up on the big screens arranged throughout the museum space.
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BVIS second year Abigail Richbourg said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to interact with fellow students and professors outside of a classroom environment, and see what all the other students have been working on in the past few months.”

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A special thank you to Mike Doyle from the National Museum of Health and Medicine for hosting this wonderful event. Also, thanks to current BVIS student and NMHMC intern, Lauren Kalinoski…

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Let there be light

Just Learning, Photography

You would think I would have had enough of school by now. But I couldn’t resist. I want to learn more about light so I am taking a Studio Lighting Photography class. I think this will be very helpful for my 3D and illustration adventures. And admittedly, I should learn to better use my camera.

Today I want to share the beginning shots. Here are some initial photos after the first class!

Meet our model Alex:

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Which one do you guys like best?!

We only used one light and sometimes the reflector. Other than that… not much editing. Okay fine, I might have adjusted the curve a tad in Photoshop, but I know you are not judging ;).

Thanks Alex, you are a great model!

Light in the modo tunnel

3D, Molecular

My animation is seemingly becoming shorter, and I almost gave up on modo but it turns out I was just being an impatient user.

I am liking the feel… even without any materials.. but I think I will play around with the shaders. RT

The main molecule, reverse transcriptase, is a low-poly version of PDB’s reverse transcriptase 2hmi.

Going into the molecule from the left of the image is single stranded RNA created from nucelotide PDB files ( obtained through mMaya tutorial : DNA: Variations on a theme) . I created a model for A, T, C, and G nucleotides. Then I randomly instanced one of the four models and using the maya pathAnimate function, the nucleotide was assigned to animate on a curve. I did the same with the DNA strand, however I created a model for each pair which would exists and randomly instanced the pair. I didn’t get to use particles like I wanted… to create a ‘blob’ effect however I think it is turning out very nice.

As soon as vimeo catches up with me you can see part of the animation here:

WIP Reverse Transcriptase