Friday, October 21, 2011

Working with Live Painting Materials

In this collaboration between artist and scientist we have enlisted a natural organism, E. coli bacteria,  to  generate images that resemble paintings or prints, but that have a unique set of patterns that could not be generated using non living materials. We hoped that by letting nature generate its own patterns we would trigger the interest of the eye and the visual brain, which has evolved to pay attention to the irregular patterns generated by natural growing objects. 

This blog documents our many adventures.  Above are two prints pulled from the same petri dish. (Simply click on any image to see it in greater detail.) Please visit our website to see a gallery of current work, and leave us your comments... we'd love to hear your impressions.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Imagine Science Film Festival - now!

We are honored to be among the roster of Artists in Residence at this year's Imagine Science Film Festival.  Thanks to Thomas Jackson and Alexis Gambis for bringing us in! Check out the line up  and get your tickets... festival ends Oct 21.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Time to paint some petri dishes....

Had a great day painting at Katayoun Chamanay's lab with her summer Parsons/New School students.  We worked with 2 strains of bacteria -- E. coli and Serratia marcenscens (aka "Blood of Christ"!). Here are a few resulting prints -- head below the jump to see us making these, and all the terrific comments by the students/artists. Thanks guys!