Friday, March 30, 2012

Art You Need Microscope to See

Seems a bit like there's a trend for small things in Durham right now.  First, The Smoffice competition where the winner will get the world's smallest office rent free for 6 months, and now art so small it can't be seen with the naked eye.

Cutting-edge artists from across the world will participate in the “Art of the Small”, a juried exhibition held in conjunction with the Nanotech Commercialization Conference, April 4-5, 2012 at the American Tobacco Campus, in Durham, NC.  The art exhibition is open to the public on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 5 to 7pm at Bay 7 of the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC.

Nanotechnology is rapidly transforming industries from medicine to manufacturing to energy.  Since the passage of the 21st Century Nanotechnology R&D Act by the U.S. Congress, billions of dollars have been invested in the science of nanotechnology.  That science is rapidly becoming the business of nanotechnology.  Thousands of new start-ups, bolstering nearly every industry across the globe, are creating jobs, and bringing life changing innovations to market.  The field has also inspired a new category of art, whereby the forms and images of the atomic world are being transformed into new forms of art by the scientific and artistic communities.

The show will be curated by artist and NanoBusiness Alliance founder, F. Mark Modzelewski, an installation artist, who has shown at galleries around the world and curated numerous shows in Boston, Washington DC, and New York.  A panel of expert judges drawn from the worlds of art, science, and science communication will select the winning entries.  The art will be judged on three key criteria:  depiction and representation of the theme, creativity of image representation and innovation in style or technique.

“It’s inspiring to see these inventive and expressive worlds collide to create new art forms,” said Griffith Kundahl, Executive Director of The Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN).  “We are delighted to support and showcase this artwork at this nanotech conference in Durham, a city well-known for both the arts and sciences.”

“My career has combined duel passions for art and technology,” noted curator F. Mark Modzelewski.  “I am excited by this opportunity to work with COIN to expose leaders in the nanotech and biotech communities to leading artists from around the world that are taking science and transforming it into art.”

Dozens of entries have flooded in from leading figures in the art and science fields, from countries ranging from the United States to Cyprus to South Korea.  Following the conference, images of the works from the exhibition will appear in an online gallery supported by COIN for a period of 36 months.

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