My piece Punchcard has been selected by the judges of the Los Alamos’ Science & Math-based Art Competition to receive Special Merit Recognition for Visual Interest and Impact. This is a 3rd place honor in the festival known as the “Next Big Idea Festival” which is taking place on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 in Los Alamos, NM. The festival begins at 11:00am and goes through 3:00pm. If you’re able to attend, please do so as the winning pieces will be on display.

You can learn more about the festival at www.nextbigideala.com

My Awarded Artwork: Punchcard

Punchcard embraces the beauty of randomness. It was developed using a combination of grammatical and mathematical programming languages. The development of Punchcard is all about states. The individual state defines the co-ordinate system and the corresponding color. I then defined rules for transforming the states. The rules included such things as rotations, color switches, translating across planes, and so forth. I used a random seed to generate the structures seen here. This was simply the framework, and the output was a series of numbers in an array/matrix. I then used a physics based ray-tracing engine to render the actual artwork into the final image. While being a highly technical process, it still is able to produce incredible artwork!

The following are the biographies for the Science & Math-based Art Competition’s four judges.

1. Jack Ox

Jack Ox has been engaged in the practice of music visualization for over 30 years, with a distinguished history of international exhibitions.In the past she participated in Vom Klang der Bilder  at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in 1985, and exhibition covering the 20th C. in the realm of visual music.  During the 90’s she worked on Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate,  making a  presentation at the Centre Georges Pompidou during the Kurt Schwitters retrospective in Paris in 1994, and in 2004 she showed the complete Ursonate at the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland, in conjunction with the first Polish Kurt Schwitters exhibition, which was sponsored by the German government. The exhiibition also went to the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. She spent a decade creating a complete cycle of 12 paintings based on Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony , which was presented 1996 at the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Austria, during the 100th anniversary of Bruckner’s death.

She was an independent artist for most of those years, but is now an Associate Research Professor in the department of Music at the University of New Mexico. She has been working on the Gridjam a real-time, geographically distributed, networked multimedia event, using the new high speed international LambdaRail network, which takes place in the virtual reality world of the 21st C. Virtual Color Organ. Ox is also the artist-scientist coordinator for ISEA2012, that will take place in NM next year.

To access her work please go to www.jackox.net

2. Patrick Soran

When I first became interested in woodworking many years ago, I found that it was a form of therapy after a day of work in the scientific arena. I am a nuclear engineer by trade, and working in my shop at night offered a pleasant change of pace for me. Gradually, I accumulated a nice set of tools. My first attempts were primarily furniture pieces for the house. For my daughter’s wedding present, I fashioned a bed for her and her new husband, which pleased both them and me. I followed this with a rocking cradle when they had their first child. Since then I have made several wooden objects for my children and grandchildren and I discovered how enjoyable it was to share my woodworking results with others.

Wood has always fascinated me. As some people crave textile sensations, seeing a fine piece of wood and imagining what it could become has the same effect on me. In 2007, I applied to and was accepted into the Northwestern Woodworking School, taught by Gary Rogowski, a regular contributor and editor of Fine Woodworking magazine. This two-year course, taught at the Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Oregon, really opened my eyes to the artistic side of woodworking. We were encouraged to see beyond the lines and angles of the product and to stretch our imaginations to the beauty of the finished product. Every three months, we completed a new project, consisting of boxes, cabinets, tables, and chairs. At the completion of the course, I became an accredited Master Woodworker. Though I am an engineer at heart, I find that designing graceful, creative wooden objects has brought out a new side of me that I did not know existed. Matching the correct wood with a design or using an inlay to make a statement is an exciting part of the design process. My choice woods are cherry, birds-eye maple, and walnut.

For the last year I have been working with my favorite woods to create various types of boxes. These are regular boxes, sculptured boxes, boxes with flair, and some with an attitude. I hope you enjoy seeing my creations and the sensuous nature of the wood in their composition and makeup.

My formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Master of Science in nuclear engineering and a Doctorate in nuclear engineering from Columbia University. I am also a retired US Navy captain.

3. Jonathan Wolfe

Jonathan Wolfe, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Fractal Foundation, a New Mexico nonprofit that uses the beauty of fractals to inspire interest in science, math and art.

With a scientific background in visual neurophysiology, and an international reputation as the artist behind the flying fractal hotair balloons, Dr. Wolfe is ideally situated to promote both the beauty and the intellectual impact of fractals. Since 2003, he has taught over 21,000 children and 10,000 adults about fractals, and he is the creator of the extremely popular First Friday Fractals show at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

To learn more, please visit http://fractalfoundation.org/

4. Keely Garrity

Before moving to Los Alamos Keely Garrity worked under an Art Commission in Idaho serving the community by providing many art and cultural events such as Artwalk, Young Peoples Arts Festival, Children’s Entertainment Series, Music in the Park, the Farmers Market and many public art opportunities.  This summer she joined the Los Alamos National Bank marketing team as the Marketing Web Administrator. When she isn’t chauffeuring her children around she can be found in the garden, near the stove, snapping photographs, designing various spaces or exploring New Mexico.