Saturday, April 29, 2006

Feast for the i
We are particularly proud of our resident scientist Jeff Wyckoff for being acclaimed for his recent show. Jeff is a living example of how art and science are more related than we think. He understands that, through looking within our selves and our bodies, we should be able to observe a beauty similar to that of the beauty of nature and to project it through art. Jeff is able to embody the life that most of us dream of. He acquired the privilege to surf the knowledge and to have a message and a true belief and understanding of both worlds. “Jeffrey Wyckoff uses his own scientific findings as a medium to make works of art. Science to him is a tool. It is the smallest common denominator out of which grows an extremely varied artistic production. When he employs traditional artistic media such as those of drawing, painting, sculpture and photography, science is used as their subject matter. Reversely, when Wyckoff works with scientific materials like microslides and petri dishes, the images that are transferred onto them contain references to the history of photography and of art in general”(http://www.paperveins.org/biennial/2000/catalog/wyckoff.html)
"The particular richness of Wyckoff's work comes forth out of this permanent oscillation and interchange between two very different systems in our society: science and art. Fascinated by the chaotic beauty of the microscopic, he translates these impressions to macroscopic images. On this ordered level, the blown-up scientific elements operate as aesthetic works of art, and have become part of a different system of meaning".
His recent piece of work, which was acclaimed in the LA times (http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-ca-ipodart23apr23,1,7027388.story?ctrack=1&cset=true) was a time lapse movie showing his blood cells in motion. The movie was made on one of our inverted microscopes, which i call the solitude (as opposed to other microscopes called the darkness and patience).
The movie, along with others from other artists played on an ipod. As opposed to his other shows, this movie was not accompanied by any sound and no pseudocolor added to the cells which made it even the more real and striking. He said to me, it's just simple that way. And it was true, away from the scientific atmosphere, you felt like you were looking at your cells in the most intimate way and it was brilliant.
If you have interest in science or art, learn his name and follow up on him, he's very good at both

18 comments:

Fouad said...

I'd like to meet this man..

Mirvat said...

sure Fouad, i could arrange a meeting for you.

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