This clip shows about a minute of a rotating slideshow which includes images form my 2D portfolio. All images shown in various configurations on the screen are randomly organized purely for display and review purposes. Its one way to help visitors understand the style, variety, cohesion, and scale of works available for display and for collecting. This is only a small subset of the many images I’ve produced as 2D extractions from time-based video art projects. The bulk of the images shown in this clip are from an ongoing artistic exploration of the wonders of the neuron. These are not intended as strict illustrations but rather a visual appreciation and exploration of what we know and what we don’t know (yet) about how these amazing cells function, both internally and as part of a vast network of similar cells, to form our sentience and our identity.
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This artwork is produced as an edition of one (1/1). It is a digital 7-color print on an aluminum base, with a 0.12” Dibond backing. This image will not be reproduced in any form. It is derived from a series of video artworks exploring human neurobiology. Each neuron in our body (there are over 80 billion) consists primarily of a cell body (or soma), a nucleus, an axon (for outgoing signals) and one or more dendrites (for incoming signals). Neurochemical activity in the soma activates an electrochemical process whereby an electrical pulse (or action potential) travels the axon from the soma to the axon terminal (and synapse). When the potential reaches the synapse (near instantaneously) the electrochemical signal is translated, without contact, through neurotransmitter chemicals to the dendritic receptors of other neurons, cells, or tissues of the body. This incoming signal may be similarly transmitted from the receptors along dendritic channels to the soma of other neurons for further processing. This process, repeated at near lightning speeds, continuously, and system-wide, forms the neurologic wonder of our sentience—all that we think, feel, dream, see, hear, and experience.
The series from which this image is derived is not intended as an illustration of a neuron (though there are structural similarities), but as the product of my curiosity and wonder as I learn how our neurobiology forms awareness, consciousness, and subconsciousness. The bio-architecture of our neurons and the manner in which they function (or, in the case of disease or injury, malfunction), is of great interest to me and forms the inspiration for my 2D and time-based work.