Thursday, October 29, 2009

Work about loss - collections and perserving living things: The work of Dianne Kornberg

This piece - I saw it and it stopped me dead in deleting e-mails.  This is work i WISH i created!

India Tiger 21
Dianne Kornberg
Carbon Ink Print
Edition of 15
Copyright ©2008

image taken from: 
Dianne Kornberg, India Tiger 16, 2009, pigment ink print on rag paper, 13 x 10 inches

"Dianne Kornberg's India Tigers is a recent digital printing of a collection of austere
photographs of moths and butterflies from India, preserved in folded, triangular
paper wrappings. Kornberg is known for her rigorous observations of the natural world,
expressed as scientific photography of reserved animal and plant specimens. These
photographs attempt to capture the elusive, fleeting elements of life and science. India
Tigers also celebrates the launch of Kornberg's most recent artist book, published by Franklin,
Beedle & Associates, with essays by Clint Willour and Kim Stafford. A book launch will be held
Friday, November 6th, from 6-8 pm.

Dianne Kornberg received her MFA from Indiana University in 1970, and first exhibited her
work at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in 1993. Her work is included in the collections of the Art
Museum at Princeton University, the International Center for Photography, the Seattle Art
Museum and the Portland Art Museum.
Portland, Oregon 97209  

Raven Skull
Gelatin-Silver Print
Edition of 12
Copyright (c) 1993  -->  Image taken from:

Here is her eloquent Artist's Statement from her website:

"Over the years I have been exploring the range of ways in which narrative, as well as the elusive, mysterious, or ephemeral elements that are inherent in the natural world can be visually expressed. My work is informed by my background in science, my training as a painter and twenty-five years of photographing. For the past fifteen years the primary subjects of my work have been biological and botanical specimens collected for scientific study in laboratory settings. In 2000 I began digital printmaking—for me, a hybrid medium of painting, printmaking and photography that allows me to combine the attributes of graphic media with photographic rendering.

In the 1980’s I worked primarily with found objects that had been transformed by natural processes, often adding paint, clay, and other graphic materials in the constructions.  In 1990 I began applying these processes to biological specimens from college laboratories. I have used collected bones, insects, animals, and plants. Although the specimens are preserved, they also signify a transience that takes on particular meaning for me as habitat for beautiful and wild living things is depleted.

I find these preserved specimens extraordinary.  They carry metaphoric and aesthetic content that I try to represent.  While their purpose is to provide evidence of species and material for scientific research, a visual elegance underlies the erosions of time and use.  Primarily, it is this that I am after. I find myself returning to life forms and processes as a way to address the resonance between the structural complexity through which nature encodes and renews itself and the metaphors we reach for to make sense of our own lives.

Of Course - I can't wait to see more images - so here they are!
O.k. Science and Art fans - commence geeking out right NOW!
Dianne Kornberg
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print
Edition of 4
Copyright ©1995  -->  Taken from :

Cartwheel 6
Dianne Kornberg
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print
Edition of 4
Copyright ©1995  
image taken from -->

Diane Kornberg
Pigment Print
Edition of 15
Copyright ©2005  image taken from:

Dianne Kornberg
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print
Edition of 3
Copyright ©1989

Twelve Cats
Dianne Kornberg
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print
Edition of 6
Copyright ©1992

Jack-in-the-Box 1
Dianne Kornberg
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print
Edition of 3
Copyright ©1996  --->  Image taken from her site at:

Insecta 8
Dianne Kornberg
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print
Edition of 2
Copyright ©1997

image taken from:

nsecta 5
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print 

Dianne Kornberg
Edition of 1  

Copyright ©1997
image taken from her site:

Celebration 4
Diane Kornberg
Pigment Print
Edition of 15
Copyright ©2004  -->  image taken from:

In my own work - I was trying to do something similar with the "Settled In" series - but I think this is far better.  The images, the thought, I don't know - I'm just in Awe. 

"Settled in Series"
Abbi Allan  (and author of this site)

Summer, 2009

Ceramics, oil paint, glue, wood, and butterfly wings.
Copyright (c) 2009

But it's NOTHING like these!:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Masses --> Making art with what's left of the evidence.

This image and all others in this blog entry have been taken from Chris Jordan's website:

I want to thank Suzi Martin for pointing this man's work out to me. An Minneapolis College of Art and Design BS/VIS student. Watch out for those kids - what they are learning is going to have them taking over the world one day (*and for the better) .

Thank you LouAnne and Jeff for sending me this quote from this same artist!!!  the Universe converged on good art!
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

~cj, October 2009

Chris Jordan makes work from mass residue (*like our masses of plastic waste from the ocean to using sharks' teeth from slaughtered sharks and using them to accumulate into images of sharks he's created. This image was created with 1000s of pieces of plastic trash collected from the ocean.

Gyre, 2009
8x11 feet, in three vertical panels
by Chris Jordan "Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean".

Shark Teeth, 2009
64x94"; based on a watercolor painting by Sarah Waller
"Depicts 270,000 fossilized shark teeth, equal to the estimated number of sharks of all species killed around the world every day for their fins."

 Here's the work that shocked me his "Message from the Gyre" work

Check out his work at:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I did not know that dinosaurs matedededded.... Green Porno with Isabella Rossellini

"Her American film debut was in David Lynch’s haunting and controversial Blue Velvet. She was last seen starring in the short film directed by Guy Maddin, My Dad is 100 Years Old. Isabella is the daughter of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman. Isabella wrote, directed and stars in a series of shorts called Green Porno about the reproducing habits of various bugs and insects. The shorts are a comical, but insightful study of the curious ways certain bugs “make love” featuring Isabella in colorful, vibrant costumes. Isabella is very involved in Wildlife Conservation. She is also a volunteer for the Guide Dog Foundation and trains puppies for their program. Rossellini lives in New York City with her two children." -- Harper Studio

Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno
is one of the strangest - and yet most creative *and artistic ways of talking about the ever so uncomfortable subject - how animals mate. Which I'm surprised it hasn't been done before! Every species has strange and very unique ways of mating. I remember in biology class often thinking "wouldn't there be an easier way of doing this?" - hence why nature favored a-sexual reproduction for quite some time, and it probably would have stayed that way - if it wasn't for that wonderful need for genetic diversity. The more diverse a population - the healthier they are.

See more about her on the Harper's Website:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Simple Solutions Save LIVES

 It's easy to over think things in the design world when we see a problem that impacts the lives of other living species - yet one man's actions - VOLUNTEER ACTIONS at that helped save the lives of threatened species, the Wood Turtle.

See the video "Turtles On The Wrong Side Of The Tracks"  from Science Friday's Video pick of the week.  It's a wonderful design.  Like my hero Bill Jeter use to say.  "Often the simplest solution is the best solution".

image taken from:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Beautiful Bodies - inside and out

Since teaching about Biomimicry, design, mapping, chemistry, biology, physics, and reading from the Web of life (interconnectedness of life related to quantum physics etc) - I keep seeing this constant theme that keeps resurfacing  -  that the FORM / STRUCTURE  of the design ALWAYS ENHANCES THE FUNCTION -

I think at a point that isn't 4am in the morning I will go further into depth with this for the moment - lets look at Neurons:

think about the internet
the "Web" - the concept is to have something that exists like a common -use-brain.  (*for better or for worse)
so figure - if we are each born with something like 10 billion brain cells (Neural cells -->  the little thick lumps in the middle), and 1000 billion of those connecting things (the structure of the entire neuron -->  think all of those little  branches or roots - or well - both).   The potential of the mind is
10 billion ^ 1000 billion  = (10 Billion times itself 1000 billion times)  - think like stars and all their planets in the entire universe... and a few parallel universes to boot.  (*all depending on who's #'s you are going off of of course - I'm looking at Capra's for neural info)

The actual STRUCTURE of the Brain (internally) - represents and directly corresponds to the FUNCTION of the brain, web, internet, social networking, etc...  and the STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY and survival of the STRUCTURE - is only enhanced further by the ACTIVITY and use of the structure.....

Function  = structure.

More will be added to this as it comes in of course

Thank you Karen Wirth for sending me these images!

These images are from an article about Macoto Murayama's work 'Inorganic Flora'

Which reminds me of a site that a student sent me to in relation to another student who was working on making solar prints. 
via the site :  "The museum of Jurassic Technology"

The work of Albert G. Richards   where I took these images from:

Thank you Tim for sending this to me.  The Art and science of electrical impulses that make us go.  What a pretty little internal world we are!

image taken from the site: Nikon's small world

EXTREME CRAFT - a great website, a great man, and a great combination of arts and sciences coming together to make something.... odd

It was so great to see my friend from Alfred, Garth Johnson - creator of the MOST AMAZING SITE EVER ====>    Extreme Craft!

(keep up with their home-antics  - 2 artists renovate a home...  it should be awesome:

Not only because it shows how much this overlooked art form has the range of infinite options of creation and creative ideas that sometimes is too familiar for the general public for the art world to touch - but also, he has found many wonderful gems that cross into the realm of science and art as well!

This one made me laugh so hard, my partner was going to kick me out of bed because I couldn't stop snorting with laughter:  "the Gutsy Sleeping Bag"
I .... here i go again....  snort.... giggle giggle.  I want one!

Now THIS is art and science at it's Best! 

and I'm sure this is re-use at it's best

(this is taken from their site as well)
where to put your gerbil... you know now!

Extreme costumes - well there's more than meets the  eye:

An image from Garth's site as well.

There are so many wonderful gadgets, links, etc.  so check out his site:

Because it's not about WHAT you make it out of - it about HOW BADLY YOU WANT TO MAKE IT!

To art science geeks around the world - we salute you.  Garth - today - you are my captain, my hero, and the best (which I already knew)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

rules for a great presenation

feeling sick ??- art's the way to express it

I guess between today fighting the latest bug given to me by my students that keeps roving around my body like a swarm of furious ants - and being LIVID about the state of health care - i figured the next science /art topic of interest to me might be illness and art.

There are a lot of approaches to this.  One of the most current hot topics related to illness and art is Mental Illness.  I found this lovely little blog:  PANIC:  Mental Illness in Art
and although I think it could go further  - I like the images

"The Maze" is by William Kurelek.

Cancer and Art


Ross Bleckner

"Falling Birds Suite of4                      Images taken from:

Limited Edition Print
Suite of 4 Hand-painted Digital Inkjet Prints

Felix Gonzalez Torres

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