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July 9th, 2007
This second part of the Art and Nanotechnology series continues the presentation of the nanoartists who showed their works at The 1st International Festival of NanoArt. To read more about NanoArt please visit http://www.nanoart21.org
Abigail Kurtz Migala (USA) has been interested in the visual arts since she was a child. She was fortunate to be part of a creative family who put great emphasis on art and music. At age twelve she acquired her first camera, a vintage Zeiss-Ikon, and four years later won a state wide scholastic photographic competition. She continued to pursue her photographic interests and studies, eventually earning a degree with honors in photography in 1988. Her photographs have been shown and awarded in numerous competitions and exhibitions. They have appeared in various publications, including Collective Visions, a collaborative project with the group Women in Creative Photography, and the book San Diego Tapestry by Michael Grant. In recent years, Abigail has expanded her creative capabilities by exploring computer technology as another means for making art. Her newest focus is creating what she calls "Abi-stractions," which are reminiscent of modern abstract paintings, but are produced digitally. Her most recent interest is NanoArt.
This image is a scientific visualization of light scattered by gold nanorods (S. Baxter - Mech. Eng., E. Goldsmith - Cell Biology, C. Murphy - Chemistry, C. Robinson - Art; University of South Carolina NanoCenter). The nanorods are embedded in a cell-populated collagen gel and scatter light as viewed through a dark field microscope. This image has been manipulated, but with sincere effort to retain the inherent or true characteristics of the original sample - yet it may still confuse. Does the viewer perceive it as big or little, inner or outer space, and do we wonder what constitutes scientific information, meaning, or accuracy? This work is supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation.
"We have the privilege of watching this fascinating science develop and can assist in providing information about its meaning, assets, and liabilities. But we should be careful to make sure that we provide accurate information and inform rather than confuse and deter public understanding", says Chris Robinson (USA), one of the participating nanoartists.
"The whole universe is made up of nano building blocks, including man ourselves. This artwork, which is made of built-up sheer layers of nano and other images, mixed with paint, shows the profound impact of the nano world on our macro lives, our planet, and our universe. Nanotechnology will dramatically reshape our lives, with amazing medical and economic benefits, however, we must strive to focus on its unimaginable positive benefits, and curtail the weapons and negative applications it can also be used for", says Darcy Lewis (USA), participating nanoartist sponsored by ELTECH, Inc.
A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University, Dolores Glover Kaufman (USA) began her career as a visual artist with a one woman show at the Women's City Club Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. Her early works were large colorful abstracts but within a few years she became caught up in the excitement of photography and never looked back. In the late 1970's and l980's she showed her black & white photographs in group and juried shows, including the Cleveland Museum of Art's Juried May Shows. In 1980 she exhibited a collaborative series of images with another Cleveland photographer, entitled Parma Piece at the New Gallery of Contemporary Art. Later that year she was selected to be included in Photography For Collectors, from Adams to Winograd, also at the New Gallery of Contemporary Art, and in 1983 was included in Portfolio '83, a Juried Selection of Visual Artists in the Cleveland Area. In 1979 Dolores was also included in American Vision, New York University and The Butler Institute of American Art. During those years she earned her living teaching Art and Photography at both public and private schools. From 1982-1986 she was a Lecturer in Photography at Case Western Reserve University, and in 1987 left teaching to join another photographer, Bill Braden, in a commercial photography studio which later became Braden & Kaufman. Dolores taught herself digital imaging which eventually led to experiments in the use of digital technology in her personal work, currently featured on the MOCA.Virtual.Museum website, World Printmakers, and the Digital Art Guild.
Fred Marinello (USA) holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has received numerous awards over the years. Marinello said he has been exploring expressive and symbolic imagery for over 40-years in themes of birds, plants, man, and landscapes in synthetic, realistic, decorative, abstract, and expressive styles developed in scratchboard, acrylic paint, watercolor, colored pencil, inks, and mixed media. He was also an art teacher educating thousands of student artists for over 30 years.
Gregory O'Toole (USA) is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver in the Digital Media Studies (DMS) department in the School of Communication, as well as the Electronic Media Art + Design (eMAD) program in the School of Art + Art History. O'Toole's paintings, photography and digital collage works have exhibited in both one-man and group gallery exhibitions and auctions across the United States; Kotka, Finland; Göteborg, Sweden, Australia. O'Toole's landscape oils are currently represented by Jest Gallery in Western Montana. O'Toole's award-winning new media documentary (Quantumedia) photographs are featured in Cellbytes international exhibit, several western U.S. newspapers and noted web sites; and as cover art for American published essay collections and novels.