Saturday 19th April 2014,
Imagine Science Films

2011 Artists In Residence

Dustin Yellin // Contemporary Artist

Dustin Yellin lives and works in New York. His artworks are based on an accumulative process of painting and collaging on multiple layers of glass, creating three-dimensional forms. Yellin began this accumulative process on layers of resin and has transitioned to laminated glass in his more recent works. He uses found objects, images from a wide range of printed material and photorealistic painting to create fantastic scenes and images.

His paintings and collages use a method of representing three-dimensional forms that is similar to both lenticular images and rapid prototyping. The technique approximates a static volumetric display and is autostereoscopic. His artworks appear three dimensional without the use of special glasses or viewing equipment.

Dustin is currently researching and developing methods of three-dimensional photography and expanding the breadth of his collages and paintings.
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Catherine Chalmers // Photographer, Artist

Catherine Chalmers lives and works in New York City. Her installations include photography, video, and sculpture, most often portraying insect subjects or small animals normally found in a scientific lab. She is widely known for her American Cockroach project, and is currently making new work in the Costa Rican jungle, bringing her artistic and scientific view of ants’ work and social life to light.

In her artist’s statement for a Guggenheim Fellowship proposal, Catherine wrote, “But it is the leafcutter ant as a dominant species and rapacious defoliator from which this project takes its cue… They do not clear-cut rainforests quite like we do, but they can strip a tree in a single night, and repeat this night after night. At a time…when humans are causing deforestation at an alarming rate, this insect provides rich and relevant opportunities for reflecting on our relationship to the environment.”

Catherine graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Engineering, and from the Royal College of Art, with an M.F.A. in Painting. She has exhibited at P.S.1, New York; MASS MoCA, North Adams; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunthalle Vienna; and MoCA Taipei, University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach, Boise Art Museum.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, ArtNews, Artforum, Flash Art, Blind Spot, Harper’s, and Discover. Her work has been featured on PBS, and This American Life. She lives and works in New York City.
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Vincent Fournier // Photographer

Vincent Fournier was born in Burkina Faso, studied in France, and is now based in Belgium. He holds a diploma from the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie. He has exhibited at Acte 2 Galerie in Paris, the Young Gallery in Brussels, the Marunouchy Gallery in Tokyo, 27AD in Bergamo and has participated in festivals and fairs in Paris, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo and Switzerland.

The Space Project is work based upon Jules Vernes book, “From the Earth to the Moon”. It is a photographic archive of the most representative space organizations in the world: Gagarine Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow (Russia), Mars Desert Research Station in Utah (US), observatories in the Atacama Desert (Chile), and the Guyana Space Center in Kourou (French Guiana). This project came from the experience that we all have whilst looking at the stars during our childhood, when we suddenly realize the infinity of the universe and that we are but a tiny part of it. The photographs give you a sense of the finished and unfinished, the feeling of the rhythm of time by looking at the movements of the planets. It is about the unseen, the mystery of space travel and the universe around us, leaving viewers with an intense but at the same time comfortable feeling, like a reconciliation with the sky and the Earth.
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David Matterhorn // Conceptual Artist

David Matterhorn explores scientific theories related to time, immortality, and the solar system. Working with the Hubble and Schmidt telescopes, David hijacked equipment used primarily for scientific research to create his visually stunning images of the Solar System. In a recent series, called “Dash” he photographed tombstones in macro-focus. By photographing the dashes between the year of birth and death, the span of a lifetime is represented in its most reduced form.

“Dash” addresses the universal themes of time, life and death by capturing a selection of visually stimulating tiny dashes on a series of tombstones in macro-focus. Through these images Matterhorn has aimed to capture, in its most reduced form, the complexity of human existence and the immutable laws that govern life and nature. In documenting these dashes Matterhorn leaves the viewer to construct their own narrative of each person’s life, to fill in the blanks and to inevitably ponder their own time on this earth.

Dealing with existentialist questions that engage philosophic and artistic traditions of the past, Matterhorn has adopted a fresh visual language through his thematically complex and captivating imagery, creating works that allow for an experience that is thought provoking and visually arresting. He currently lives in New York City and is developing a project involving the photon microscope.
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Amy Chase Gulden & Kristin Baldwin // Visual Artist, Cellular Biologist

Amy Chase Gulden and Cellular Biologist –Dr. Kristin Baldwin are interested in creating work that is collaborative, involves chance and in direct contact with the living world. They have been working closely with a microorganism, E. coli bacteria, to cultivate living, growing images on agar. These images can become a still life, immortalized on print, or replicated indefinitely, incurring unpredictable natural variations.

Featured at the World Science Festival, on WNYC’s Studio 360, and exhibited at the Serrano Contemporary gallery in NYC, this team’s work is entitled Growing Impressions. The two are often invited to area museums, schools, and labs to share their story of collaboration with educators and students from the arts and sciences. They were asked to speak most recently at the Symbiotic Art & Science meeting, jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation.

When not in the studio or lab, Gulden is the New York Regional Director for Visual Thinking Strategies, a research-based, learner-centered, art-viewing curriculum and teaching method that uses discussions of art to develop critical thinking, communication, and visual literacy skills.

Baldwin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where she focuses on the intersection of stem cell biology, neurobiology and genomics to understand how our DNA produces the incredible diversity of cell types in an organism. This focus has led her to three dimensionally map the neurons that govern the sense of smell in the brain, to clone a mouse from a neuron, and the ability to generate an entire mouse from a skin cell. Results of her work have established skin-derived stem cells as a functional alternative to embryonic stem cells and also suggests that by using stochastic mechanisms, our brain maps and perceives orders that imply we each experience smells differently.
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Raymond J. Lustig // Composer

Raymond J. Lustig was born in Tokyo and raised in Queens, New York. Lustig received his B.A. from Holy Cross College, where his interests were divided between piano, composition, and biology. He studied cell division, the cell skeleton, and cell polarity at Columbia University and Massachusetts General Hospital before beginning his graduate studies in composition at Juilliard. He lives in New York City and teaches at the Juilliard School.

Lustig has been awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Prize for his orchestral work UNSTUCK, and has received commissions from The Academy (A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute), Metropolis Ensemble, the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, and the American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance Project.

His music has been presented in venues ranging from New York City clubs and galleries to major concert halls and festivals around the world—from Le Poisson Rouge and the Stone to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and the École Normale in Paris. Performers have included the Juilliard Symphony, the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Metropolis Ensemble, American Opera Projects, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Avian Music, Orchestra Insonica, and Duo Noire.

He is also a published researcher in molecular biology, Lustig is deeply inspired by science, nature, and the mind. He has helped to co-found and develop the Juilliard Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Initiative, a new collaborative project between The Juilliard School and Weill Cornell Medical College that explores the many intersections of music, the sciences, and the healing arts.
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Robert Alexander // Researcher, Composer

Robert Alexander grew up in Plainwell, Michigan, where he began writing music at an early age. As a media artist and electroacoustic composer, he’s pushed for over a decade to create new tools for enabling self-expression. As a member of the Solar Heliospheric Research Group at the University of Michigan, he specializes in the sonification of data from the Advanced Composition Explorer satellite. He is transforming space data into the sound such that scientific community can gain new insight, and begin to ask new questions. This work has already led to new discoveries as to the nature of the particles radiating from the sun.

Alexander was recently awarded an Outstanding Achievement award from the International Community on Auditory Display, as well as a JPFP Fellowship from NASA. He has collaborated with artists such as DJ Spooky and Virgil Moorefield, and performed intermedia work on several international stages. In 2010 he founded the MiND Ensemble (Music in Neural Dimensions), a group that utilizes advanced EEG technology to generate music directly from brainwave activity. Future research will explore the neurological basis for creativity, improvisation and communication. The ensemble is supported by Yahoo! Labs, as well as the Design Lab at the University of Michigan.

These diverse projects reflect a larger interest in building a bridge between the arts and sciences. Whether it’s the outer edges of the cosmos, or the inner workings of the brain, Alexander is interested in exploring the universe through sound.
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Chico MacMurtrie // Visual Artist

Chico MacMurtrie is internationally recognized for his large-scale, performative, robotic installations, and interactive public sculpture. Graduated from UCLA (New Forms and Concepts) in 1987, he has exhibited widely in America, Europe, and Asia, and has received the support of many notable granting agencies, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. His awards include five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vida Life and Ars Electronica award. Chico MacMurtrie is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), a collective he founded in 1991, consisting of artists and engineers, who help in the realization of his work. Currently operating out of Brooklyn, New York, ARW is dedicated to the study and creation of movement as it is expressed in anthropomorphic and abstract robotic forms.

MacMurtrie has been working over the last years on his innovative, inflatable sculptures, which were exhibited in major museum shows and other international exhibitions, including: Machines and Souls, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2008), Synthetic Times: Media Art China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2008), Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh (solo show; 2009), Museo Universitario de Arte Contempor‡neo (MUAC), Mexico City (2009), eArts Beyond, Shanghai (2009), Inflatable Architectural Body “Inner Space”, The National Gallery of Macedonia, !ifte Amam, Skopje (solo show; 2010), ZER01 San JosŽ Biennial (2010), Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA (solo show 2011) and Transformer, Le 360, Cultural Capital Bethune, France (2011). MacMurtrie, Bill Washabaugh and Geo Homsy are one of three finalist teams for the Climate Clock project to create a major public sculpture for the City of San Jose, CA.
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Alejandra España // Visual Artist

Alejandra España Studied Bachelor of Arts at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, La Esmeralda, graduating with an Artist book project that was credited Honorable Mention.

Her work shows a strong interest in nature as an object of study as well as the ability of aesthetic experiences as potential catalysts for change in the mind and on the way we relate to the world. She draws zoomorphic creatures and items usually refer to nature, as reflections on human behavior to its environment.

She has been a fellow of FONCA grant twice, with young artists in the discipline of painting (2006-07) and artist residency program at the Banff Centre, Canada (2009), in the department of ceramics, with the project: Bird on my head. She has participated in a good number of exhibitions in Mexico and in countries like Austria and Peru. As at the Visual Arts Award II SIVAM Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano. Mexico City (2006). Dust in the Wind, Gallery Ramis Barquet. Montrrey Nuevo León, curated by Marco Arce. (2006). Cámara, Ciudad de México! Produced by The Getty Conservation Institute and La Vaca independiente at Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City (1997). She has a number of solo exhibitions in Mexico, Ser humano para principiantes, WAPO gallery, Mexico City, 2011. Three new talents, Galería Kin. Mexico City, and Uti non abuti, Gallery La Esmeralda. Mexico City, among many others.

Received Honorable Mention in the category of painting in the XXVI Meeting of Young Art of Aguascalientes 2006. She currently lives in Mexico City illustrates children’s books occasionally and makes her own creative projects.
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Caleb Charland // Photographer

Caleb Charland grew up in rural Maine and spent much of his childhood helping his father remodel their family home. These experiences instilled an awareness of the potential for the creative use of materials, and the ability to fabricate his visions. Charland earned a BFA in photography with departmental honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2004, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Trustees Fellow in 2010, and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Pianting and Sculpture in 2009.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Progressive Collection, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Charland currently lives in Maine and works at the Maine College of Art as an artist in residence.

By exploring the world at hand, from the basement to the backyard, Charland has found a resonance in things. An energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world. This energy is the source of all true art and science, it breeds those beloved “Ah Ha!” moments and it allows us to sense the extraordinary in the common. His work affirms that even within the well tested laws of science there are, and must always be, pathways to reinterpretation and discovery.
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