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September 5th, 2007
This is the last part of the Art and Nanotechnology series. I would like to thank the host gallery, Kotka Photographic Center, in Finland, and the gallery director and festival co-curator, Timo Mahonen, for making this show a reality.
"One of my main goals in my artistic endeavor is to be a part of the expansion of positive energy released in the creation of art to form a balance with the diametrically opposed and often overwhelming negative forces of conflict experienced throughout the world. It is my hope that the exchange of artistic enlightenment from artists of many cultures can share the value of all cultures. Perhaps through the sharing of these visions we may help overcome the opposition and strife between people of opposing culture clashes. Perhaps though increasing the awareness of some of the commonalities shared by all people in the world, we can build unity and mutual support between our many cultures", says Jan Kirstein in her artist statement.
Karen Elise Cohen began her career in art early on when, as a young child she spent much of her free time sketching and drawing. In the early 70's she studied figure drawing with Gene Massin, and in 1973 began painting in oils and pastels after meeting and learning from renowned Miami artist, R.C. Bailey. In 1976-1978 Ms. Cohen attended Florida State University as an MFA Candidate, but the lure of "real life" took her to Houston, Texas, where she continued to experiment with different media and techniques. In 1982 her work, "The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives" won her best in show at the annual Watercolor Art Society-Houston's open juried competition. That was followed by a two-person show at the Toni Jones Gallery, also in Houston. Shortly thereafter, her artwork took a back seat to starting a family and raising her children. Over the last few years, her interest in creating Fine Art using the computer as her tools has brought her back to her calling, and she is only now reemerging into the professional art world. She believes the computer and progressive printing technologies have breathed new life into painting as an art form. Many of her works, both past and present, reside in private collections across the country.
Lisa Black says: "I've spent my life looking at and admiring all kinds of pictures--photographs and paintings alike. As for me, looking through the lens of a camera and zeroing in on something beautiful or unusual is a downright exciting thing! The joy of shooting pictures has awarded me the pleasure of receiving 153 prizes in photography and several other media. My photographs do not resemble those I loved in Life but I do enjoy taking pictures of whatever catches my eye, being able to freeze the images in still time--where they can be seen and enjoyed over and over again. Before starting photography, I received a degree from the University of Michigan in Art History and French, and a diploma from the Sorbonne in French Civilization. Picasso inspired me to paint. Seeing his exhibition in Paris--the variety, vitality, and strength of his work--I had little choice but to begin. Now, an artist myself, I've experimented with many media. I love the bold colors of acrylics, the magic of watercolors, the joy of monotypes--the endless possibilities of washes in black and grey. My purpose is to explore and experiment with a variety of media for the sheer joy of producing art that is colorful, strong, expressionistic and individualistic."
"After painting in traditional media for many years I started experimenting with the digital medium three years ago. It has totally changed my way of creating art. The medium is quite amazing; there seems to be no end to the possibilities for creative expression and great freedom for communicating ideas. My interests lie in the connection between man and nature, our planet and the universe, science and art. I think that we are nearer to an understanding these connections. Working with images is my way to experience, gain insights and communicate these concepts about how things work on many levels. It is my wish that the viewer of my work will resonate with my sense of wonder and be drawn into exploring these profound realities.", says Ursula Freer, participating artist.
Cris Orfescu's statement: "I bring the small world in front of my audience through high resolution electron microscope scans of natural micro or nanostructures and nanosculptures I create by physical or/and chemical processing. I paint and manipulate digitally the monochromatic electron images and print them on canvas or fine art paper with archival inks specially formulated to last for a long time. This way, the scientific images become artworks and could be showcased for a large audience to educate the public with creative images that are appealing and acceptable.
Like any new artistic movement, NanoArt has a long way to go, but the beginning is here and there are several artists dedicated to promote this new art discipline to become one of the main art currents in the 21st Century. NanoArt could become for the 21st Century what Photography was for the 20th Century."