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April 29th, 2010
The NanoArt movement is alive and is getting a lot of attention lately. When I started to organize the NanoArt International Online Competition there were not too many similar projects. A few years later, a number of NanoArt contests are organized by Universities and scientific societies. At the 4th edition of the international online competition organized by NanoArt21, 48 artists from 15 countries submitted 154 works vs. 71 artworks submitted by 22 artists from 5 countries in 2006 at the 1st edition of the competition. On top of this, the quality of the works improved a lot showing a better understanding of this new art discipline. We have a very active international group which is rapidly expanding.
Second Place: Ricardo Tranquilin was born in 1979, in Brazil. He is a visual artist who is interested in the role and meaning of material science and nanotechnology. He is currently working with scientists at the Centro Multidisciplinar para o Desenvolvimento de Materiais Cerâmicos (CMDMC) / Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) / Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar) exploring nanotechnology, exhibiting and interpreting their Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscopy (FEGSEM) images.
Third Place: Linda Alterwitz is a Las Vegas based multimedia artist. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Denver, Alterwitz spent 25 years working primarily in oils and acrylics, painting and drawing on large canvases to create nonrepresentational paintings. Alterwitz began exploring photography in 2006. With a vision that is painterly in nature, she digitally manipulates and layers together images to create large-scale, photographs. Alterwitz's philosophy addresses the constant challenge to keep a balance between the two sides of the brain: the logical and the creative. This duality is apparent throughout the body of her work, starting with her photographic equipment. Alterwitz uses both digital cameras and toy cameras. The high-tech digital cameras produce clear, factual images that are believable and acceptable in our right-brained world. In contrast, images shot on film by the low-tech, simple workings of plastic cameras capture a spontaneous, altered world. Alterwitz's inspiration, the inner workings of the human body and her external surrounding environment, plays with the dance of the two sides of the brain as well as the contradiction of fear and reassurance. Past personal struggles with medical issues were tempered by fond, childhood memories of playing in the sand dunes and forests of Gary, Indiana where Alterwitz grew up. It is this dichotomy that gives her work a comforting sense of familiarity while simultaneously creating tension.
Fourth Place: Daniela Caceta was born in 1977 in Brazil. Since 1992 she has been working at the Centro Multidisciplinar para o Desenvolvimento de Materiais Cerâmicos (CMDMC) / Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar) (Brazil) on computer generated artwork. Working also with a Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG) she revealed some interesting features. She used Microscopy FEG to monitor the formation, growth, development, and mostly, the morphology of several nanostructures.
Fifth Place: Prof. Maja Remskar obtained her PhD degree at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Physics in 1994. She is currently a senior scientist at the Josef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, where she leads the Laboratory for Synthesis of Inorganic Nanotubes and Ropes. Since 1995 she is one of pioneers in the field of inorganic nanotubes and nanotechnology. Her research interests include synthesis of inorganic nanotubes and low-dimensional nanocrystals as well as structural studies using high resolution electron and atomic probe microscopy. She participates in development of extremely low-friction nanomaterials. She combines nanotechnology and art at work, while in her private life she paints portraits in realistic style.
The other TOP 10 artists will be presented in a future article.
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