Thursday, April 29, 2010

Visualizing the Future --> Opening date April 30 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Hello Wonderful hybrids of art and science!!!!!

I wanted to invite you the Official Opening of "Visualizing the Future" - at the Science Museum of MN of the 6th floor galley space
6:30 - 8:00pm
Friday - April 30th

Food, drink, and good times to be had in the Argon room on the 6th floor.  (COOKIES!!! - FREE COOKIES!! )


You do not have to pay for entry to this exhibit - but i - as always want to encourage you to explore our treasure - the science museum!
(Spread the word!)

This is the conclusion of Zamin Dharsi's Internship with me, installing, selecting, developing, creating...  and beyond of a Science and Art show in the spirit of Hybrids!
you can preview the show at:

Thank you to the Science Museum of MN and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Bis/Vis Department for all the help and support

(*and many many more)

Michael Sanders
Ben Reed
Zamin Dharsi
Jerry Allan
Kevin Burn
Tamra LeBlanc
Scott Wood
.....................all the students participating, the people who come to the opening... and more and more!!

take care & I hope to see you there!  I'll be in early - so stop on by!!
Abbi A. Allan

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Visualizing the Future: At the Science Museum of MN (A quick preview

MCAD's Visualization students have a show up at the Science Museum of MN  - and you are invited to the opening.

This show is Zamin Dharsi's Baby, and I think he knocked it out of the park...
if you miss the opening - here are the images so this show can exist for all eternity...  on line.. but you will miss so much if you don't go. 
Friday, April 30, 2010

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Science Museum of Minnesota
"The students at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design are being featured in an exhibit at the Science Museum called 'Visualizing the Future'.
We will be having a reception on Friday, April 30th from 6:30 until 8:00 pm on the 6th floor of the Science Museum (no entry fee). Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
We will have 1 buses taking students from MCAD to the Science Museum leaving at 6:15. Meet in the Main Gallery.

Visualizing the Future features the work of:
Nicoletta Neddermeyer
Andrew Schatz
Lauren Baier
• Josh Ritenour
Chris Havranek
• Andrew Sherrard
Jake Szymanski
Lauren Schaefer
Miranda Rensch
Zamin Dharsi
Nicholas Dahl
Ryan Hageman


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ideas that changed my life - add yours as well!!!

I'm looking for books, movies, art and or science.... music - what changed your life?

One of mine was the book about stopping nuclear war - called "the 100th Monkey"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Art and science - as the exhibit

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

Why is artist shouldn't shy from science as a topic
why scientist should love artists for digesting the data for public personal impact and caring on the conversation.

lets make new discoveries happen

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

Frogs: 250 Million years of evolution wiped out in 2 decades

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Hysteresis" Catastrophic art - 2 artists and a math/biology postdoc talk about how catastrophies & "sudden changes" are actually a long time coming

Found on, and the information and straight quotes all taken from the article & web site:  
Catastrophic art  by:  Edyta Zielinska

"Hysteresis" Todd Parsons describes is Greek for "Something that lags behind"  is an 3 part art installation and all the beautiful math opening this month (April - so already open. Mom, I'm sending you to go to this for me) at the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia is a scientific and artistic look at how "sudden catastrophe" is really just a long time coming. 
It is the work of artists:   Jebney Lewis and K.R. Wood 
and the biological mathematics of  Todd Parsons

The article is loosely quoting - but says it so much better than me - it states:
 " The amount of effort it takes to recover from catastrophic failure is far greater than the effort it would have taken to prevent catastrophe, he says. In other words, "The reverse point lags far behind the transition point," says Parsons, pointing to a line graph shaped like a curvy Z."..........
"A lot of people don't seem to be aware of how transition can be sudden and irreversible," says Parsons. Hysteresis is a concept that can apply to anything from ecology and the immune system to the global economy. It describes changes that elude our attempts to make simple linear predictions of future behavior. Hysteresis describes why collapsed fisheries don't recover when catch quotas are set to pre-collapse rates, and why the global economy hasn't recovered when failed banks were bailed out with fresh capital"   Says Todd Parsons

Read more: Catastrophic art - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences  
about both the art and science of this exhibit!
really mind blowing

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cheers to Kate MacDowell: I am not the only one who loves to make deformed frogs out of clay

So one of the finest Illustrators I have ever met - Micheal Perez   (and his work is also found at:    and another: drew my attention to this artist's work - and as much as I am nerping out on the similarities on her work and mine - I'm just even more and more impressed the more I look - because she's better than me - by  a lot.  I love Kate MacDowell's work and how each image is altered and yet also connected to current cultural images.  She's also using clay (porcelain) and even adding light to her sculptures

 Images taken from Kate MacDowell's Portfolio on her website:

She's even using the same little put your own hand in it (human body parts) in the work .  I am pleasantly nerped out.

"cycle"  "The Cycle"

Image and terrifying research about pesticides found here:   I took this image  - it is not my own!  But I have used these same guys often.  I love this image.

The Masses:  By Abbi Allan

"First and last breath" :
By Kate MacDowell 
Album cover to one of my most favorite bands - the Dollyrots

But in all seriousness - her craftsmanship, content, her everything - just AMAZING!!!
For anyone interested in blending Science and Art Imagery -- I highly recommend Kate MacDowell's work!
"romulus and remus" top view
 Kate MacDowell  Communicable, 20“x15 ½ “x5 ½ “, hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 3/2009

Ohhh - and she totally beat me to the Bat topic....  
you can learn more about that at Science Friday's website:

this is a Science Friday Video!!!  check out more at:

She writes about her work a(this is her ARTISTS STATEMENT I TOOK DIRECTLY FROM HER WEBSITE_ RATHER THAN PARAPHRASING  -  I CUT AND PASTED THIS  _ THIS IS NOT MY OWN!!! You can find the whole statement at:

"  In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment.  These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops.  They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones.  In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world.  In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats.  In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices."

Check out her work - and now I realize I have to work on my website big time!!
"a billion heartbeats"
A Billion Heartbeats, 5"x5"x1 ½", hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 9/2009
Kate MacDowell Breaking, 6"x3 ½"x2", hand built porcelain, resin, 7/2008

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