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Cris Orfescu

This is the second part of the article dedicated to the Top 10 artists in the 3rd edition of the international online competition for NanoArt, a new discipline at the art-science-technology intersections, and a reflection of the Nanotechnology development.

June 9th, 2009

NanoArt 2008 International Online Competition - Top 10 - Part 2

The worldwide competition NanoArt 2008 was open to all artists 18 years and older. At this edition, 105 artworks were submitted by 34 nanoartists representing 11 countries. The online exhibition is open for public viewing at and includes all artworks entered in the contest. The judges for this edition were Jeanne Brasile, artist, director and primary curator of the Walsh Gallery at the Seton Hall University and Rocky Rawstern, artist and consultant, former editor of Nanotechnology Now, awarded with the 2005 Foresight Institute Prize in Communication. The Top 10 artists are also presented in one of my multimedia works on I am pleased to present in this 2nd part of the article, the following artists:

6th Place - David Hylton is a Southern-California based digital artist and his work has been exhibited in numerous international, national and regional exhibitions. His work has been featured in such exhibitions as the Siggraph Traveling Art Show (Ecole du Louvre, Salon d˘ Automne, and the Cite des Sciences et de l˘Industrie in Paris, France and the Cleveland Museum of Art, USA), PX3: Prix de la Photographie, Beecher Center Digital Art Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art; Field of Vision: Extremes, Institute for New Media, Frankfurt, Germany; The Ultimate Eye Foundation; InterFaces New Media Art Exhibit, National Art Gallery of Malaysia; The Melbourne Digital Fringe Festival at the Melbourne Museum of Art; M.I.A.D. Venado Tuerto International Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, Argentina and Digitally Propelled Ideas. In addition, his artwork has been included in The History of Computer Graphics and Digital Art Project. Hylton is an Associate Professor at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.

David Hylton, 'Birth of a New World' - "I used Photoshop, the microscopic images provided and digital photographs of carefully crafted “light installations” to create abstracted imagery that explores the ideas of physical, psychological, and environmental transformation. I find nanotechnology fascinating as it is on the verge of completely reshaping our world with the strides being made in science and medicine. It also offers artists new insights on an aspect of nature that would otherwise be left unseen. Indispensable are the tools (microscope/cameras) which allow us to see the smallest facets of our world and thus provide the artist the ability to envision and create new worlds."

7th Place - Renata Spiazzi was born in Italy. She has been involved in the arts all her life. Moved to the United States in 1952, Spiazzi taught arts and crafts at the San Diego Community Colleges and when she retired she was introduced to the computer. "When I discovered the potential of the digital tool I decided that I did not want to do oil painting, watercolor or even wood cut. I wanted to take advantage of what the computer had to offer. Fascinated by filters, and then fractal programs, I started making compositions using the non objective images given to me by fractals fragments, and a new world opened up for me. I am completely taken by fractals now, and I compare my compositions to music. It is not what it looks like, but what it makes you feel when you look at it!", says Spiazzi.

Renata Spiazzi, 'NANOButterfly 1' - "I created a flame fractal with a black background, overlapped butterfly image and, working with transparencies developed a rainbow feeling. Love it, I could go on forever!"

8th Place - Carol Cooper is a Digital Fine Artist based in Northern Ontario, Canada. Cooper has been creating art digitally since 2001. She incorporates many facets of mathematical art, "Fractals & Geometric forms", as well as abstract elements into her works. Carol is not afraid of bold color, and is known to use it with wild abandon.

Carol Cooper 'NanoQueue' - "Photoshop was used to artistically manipulated two seed images with infusion of colors & textures."

9th Place - Eva Lewarne was born in Poland and is living presently in Canada. Lewarne is a graduate of OCAD. She has always painted and photographed interesting scenes and places. When she learned Photoshop she could really play with her art...including painting, photos and digital manipulations. In the last few years, she has received a Medal from France in a Painting Festival in Avignon (Grand Prix). Everything interests Eva, especially how life, art and technology can live happily together...

Eva Lewarne 'Nano Buddha' - "NanoArt needs to be related to life in the sense of it being able to support our sustainability…. Art can help people become aware of their existence.…"

10th Place - Matjuska Teja Krasek holds a B.A. degree in painting from Arthouse - College for Visual Arts, Ljubljana, and is a freelance artist who lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her theoretical as well as practical work is especially focused on symmetry as a linking concept between art and science, on filling a plane with geometrical shapes, especially those constituting Penrose tilings. The author's interest is focused on the shapes' inner relations, on the relations between the shapes and between them and a regular pentagon. Krasek's artworks also illustrate certain properties as golden mean relations, self-similarity, ten- and fivefold symmetry, Fibonacci sequence, inward infinity and perceptual ambiguity. She employs contemporary computer technology as well as classical painting techniques.

Teja Krasek 'Quasicrystal Parallel Universes' - "The original SEM image of beautiful quasicrystals kindly provided by Dr. Jani Dolinsek from the Institute J. Stefan, Ljubljana, was altered by the artist using various computer tools with a special focus on coloring and symmetry operations."

Please, do not forget to visit for more images and future competitions and exhibitions.

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