Sleep No More. Leading around the world. You Wish Your Neurons Were This Pretty. When Greg Dunn finished his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Penn in 2011, he bought himself a sensory deprivation tank as a graduation present.
The gift marked a major life transition, from the world of science to a life of meditation and art. Now a full-time artist living in Philadelphia, Dunn says he was inspired in his grad-student days by the spare beauty of neurons treated with certain stains. The Golgi stain, for example, will turn one or two neurons black against a golden background. "It has this Zen quality to it that really appealed to me," Dunn said.
What he saw under the microscope reminded him of the uncluttered elegance of bamboo scroll paintings and other forms of Asian art, and he began to paint neurons in a similar style. Dunn has sold commissioned works to research labs and hospitals, and he says his prints are popular with neuroscientists, neurologists, and others with a special interest in the brain, including people with neurodegenerative disorders. Above: Image: Greg Dunn. Crater Lake, OR. ZpYNP.jpg (1280×614) Jeff Victor Character Evolution Series. B8X7Q.jpg (858×536) - StumbleUpon. Took some time off last week and painted this. Amazing photos 2012.
Pencil drawings by Paul Cadden. 9YY2S.jpg (JPEG Image, 1152x864 pixels) Perspective Sculpture by James Hopkins. Mt princeton, 14,197 ft. DawGZ.jpg (JPEG Image, 720x540 pixels) - Scaled (84. Daniel Lieske - The Journey Begins. "My journey begins on an old and dusty attic.
A little boy unveiled a passage to another world and prepared his backpack. The moment is there - the moment of gathering courage and doing the first step. I wanted to paint a picture about the nature of journeys. I wanted to show, that you always have to leave something behind if you want to reach for a distant goal. The boy's belongings are on the left side, as well as his cat and the place he calls home, which shines a warm light from below the attic trapdoor.
I also wanted to paint a picture about us artists. DO NOT CLICK. Typewriter Art. Rainbow Tree. One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco. Thirty five years ago I had yet to be born, but artist Scott Weaver had already begun work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, that he continues to modify and expand even today.
The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. He admits in the video that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Via his website Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world: I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building.
I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. See the sculpture for yourself at the Tinkering Studio through the end of June. Sachiko Kodama, Yasushi Miyajima "Morpho Towers. White blood cells pitted against each other in ‘Blood Wars’ Blood Wars is an art-science installation that will pit white blood cells from two different people against each other in a "tournament" that aims to see which person has the strongest immune system.
The piece -- by artist Kathy High -- forms part of a new experimental exhibition between research laboratory SymbioticA and Dublin's Science Gallery, called Visceral. Visceral explores the boundaries between art and living systems, bringing together more than a decade of work developed through SymbioticA's art-science residency programme at The University of Western Australia. The aim is to show the tension between art and science and the cultural, economic and ethical implications of biosciences today. In order to create the blood duel, High gets a phlebotomist to take blood samples from two different people. She then separates the white blood cells from the rest of the blood and stains them using different colours.