I create Art from Science using Technology.
My art is a reflection of the technological movement. I consider NanoArt to be a more appealing and effective way to communicate with the general public and to inform people about the new technologies of the 21st Century raising the public awareness of Nanotechnology and its impact on our lives. Nanotechnology deals with the synthesis, manipulation and characterization of matter at the sub-100 nanometers level. Nanotechnology is still an emerging area although commercial products are already on the market. I bring the small world in front of my audience by visualizing with a scanning electron microscope the nanolandscapes and the nanosculptures I create by physical and chemical processes. I paint and manipulate digitally the monochromatic electron images and print them on canvas or fine art paper with archival inks specially formulated to last for a long time (giclee prints). This way, the scientific images become artworks and could be showcased for a large audience to educate the public with creative images that are appealing and acceptable.
March-April 2009, San Diego, USA NANOART SOLO SHOW San Diego Science Festival
November 2008, Stuttgart, Germany THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NANOART NAHVISION Institute for International Culture Exchange, artist and show curator
October 2008, Oviedo, Spain NANOART SOLO SHOW PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARDS
June 2008, San Diego, USA NANOART MULTIMEDIA SHOW 2008 BIO International Convention
April-May 2008, Boston, USA NANOART SLIDE SHOW Boston Museum of Science, Cambridge Science Festival
April 2008, Boston, USA 45ft x 30ft DIGITAL MURAL WGBH TV Station
March 2008, Florence, Italy SCIENZA ED ARTE University of Florence
December 2007, La Jolla, USA NANOART EXTRAVAGANZA Nano Tumor Center, University of San Diego
November 2007, New Jersey, USA - EYE TRICKS - Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University
September-October 2007, Paris, France OPEN ART 2007 Villepinte Espace V Gallery
September-October 2007, Paris, France OPEN ART 2007 Atelier Grognard Gallery, Rueil-Malmaison
September 2007, Los Angeles, USA - ASTO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL ASTO Museum of Art
July 2007, Madrid, Spain VIRTUAL SOLO SHOW - Espacio Kubiko Gallery
May 2007, Kotka, Finland THE 1st INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NANOART Kotka Photographic Center, show curator
May 2007, Seoul, Korea - ASTO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL National Assembly Library of Korea
May 2007, Kotka, Finland NANOART SOLO SHOW Kotka Photographic Center
April 2007, Seoul, Korea - 2007 GWANGWHAMOON INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL Seojong Center
February-March 2007, Long Beach, USA - 1st LA INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL 2007
November 2006, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - ART IRELAND
November-December 2006, Los Angeles, USA - FIGURE IT OUT - jFerrari Gallery
November-December 2006, San Diego, USA - FEATURED ARTIST - Studio 246 Gallery
October-November 2006, Chania, Greece THE 4th INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL CHANIA 2006
April-July 2006, San Pedro, USA ON SITE AT THE GATE 2006, juried exhibition, Angels Gate Gallery
April-June 2006, San Diego, USA 2006 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EXHIBITION, sponsored by SONY at the Museum of the Living Artist
April 2006, Manizales, Colombia THE 5th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE IMAGE - Caldas University
April 2006, Anchorage, USA SOFTCOPY - Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska
March 2006, Los Angeles, USA TOP 40 - juried exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
February 2006, Los Angeles, USA GROUP SHOW - Infusion Gallery
January-February 2006, Murfreesboro, USA - 12 X 12, A NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION OF SMALL SCALE WORKS OF ART Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University
December 2005, Florence, Italy - THE 5th INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART - Fortezza da Basso
December 2005, Miami, USA - MASTERS MYSTERY ART SHOW 2005
September 2005 March 2006, Binghamton, USA - THE 15th INTERNATIONAL MINI PRINT EXPO - Roberson Museum and Science Center
October 2005, Beverly Hills, USA - AFFAIRE IN THE GARDENS
October 2005, Burbank, USA LEARNING AND PRODUCT EXPO: ART - Hilton Airport and Convention Center
September-October 2005, Los Angeles, USA - SNAP TO GRID - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
August-September 2005, Pomona, USA - THE 2nd LATINO ART BIENNALE - Museum of Latino Art
July 2005, Las Vegas, USA - WORLD MARKET CENTER DEBUT - Las Vegas Convention Center
June - July 2005, Hermosa Beach, USA - HERMOSA BEACH ART WALK
June 2005, Los Angeles, USA - Bank of America Plaza
May 2005, Beverly Hills, USA - AFFAIRE IN THE GARDENS
May 2005, Santa Monica, USA Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
April 2005, Los Angeles, USA - NANOART AND PHOTOGRAPHY - La Casa Gallery
February 2005, North Hollywood, USA - TWO MEN SHOW
November 2004, Los Angeles, USA NANOART 2004 SOLO SHOW - La Casa Gallery
Article Published: Friday, April 8, 2005 in Pasadena Star News and Monday, April 11, 2005 in U-daily bulletin of Los Angeles Newspaper Group
Abstract Images of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology - which deals with the minutest of technological scales - has a big role in new exhibit
By Kimm Groshong
Shouting their presence in loud shades of red, blue and yellow, artist and scientist Cris Orfescu's images look first like abstract pieces. The colorful curves, angular lines and sudden bursts that command the canvases appear to be the fantastical expression of the artist's whim and creative taste.
Then familiar objects begin to appear in the abstract renderings. One resembles a falling leaf; another could be a bird of paradise.
That exploratory process is what Orfescu hopes viewers experience when they look at his work on display this month in a two-man show at La Casa Decor Interiors in Los Angeles.
That way, when he explains that the images are actually what he calls "nanoart," showing colored images of such impossibly tiny objects as dust and dirt particles, he hopes onlookers will have a greater connection with nanotechnology.
"The whole idea behind this is I want people to understand a little bit more about nanotechnology," Orfescu said. "I'm trying to make a parallel with the macro world --- the one we see with the naked eye."
Nanotechnology is the science and development that deals with the minutest of technological scales --- sometimes involving the manipulation of single atoms. "Nano" implies a billionth. Therefore, a nanosecond is one billionth of a second and a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.
The potential for applications of the field's outcomes is enormous and broad-reaching. From medical advancements to environmental protection to textile improvements, many scientists are convinced nanotechnology will alter the way we live in the decades to come.
As the field has advanced, scientists, politicians, environmental managers and ethicists have also increasingly brought the potential negative impacts such technologies may inflict to the forefront.
Orfescu has worked for more than a decade in the field of nanotechnology as a materials scientist and manager of the analytical laboratory at Caleb Technology in Torrance. After several years, he said he got the feeling that most people didn't have any understanding of what scientists were trying to do with nanotechnology. And he wanted to change that.
Orfescu said he thinks people are not aware of the ways nanotechnology could benefit society. "They only see the potential dangers. We have to look at the good sides of nanotechnology as well," he said.
He hopes his images will help shed some light on the value nanotechnololgy offers for quality of life improvements by making what he calls "nano-things" more appealing and accessible.
To create them, he uses a type of powerful microscope called a scanning electron microscope to image his extremely small samples --- usually between tens of nanometers and a few thousands of nanometers in size.
The resulting images show the negatively charged particles, or electrons, in the sample in black and white. Orfescu then digitally processes them, adding color and manipulating the images in PhotoShop until he arrives at an end product that pleases his artistic sensibilities.
Other scientists working in nanoart are concerned with the science in their images more than the art, he said. For example, some scientists provide extreme close-ups of samples for scientific journals. "But I have been trying to go towards art," he said. "If you look at my work, most of the images have lost most of the scientific information."
Orfescu's final products illustrate depth and three dimensions in a manner that sets his process of electron imaging apart from traditional photography, where images are created by particles of light rather than by electrons.
One of the artist's personal favorites from his exhibit is a work called "In Pieces." To create it, he used the microscope to image a micro drop of colloidal graphite, which he froze with liquid nitrogen. In the process, the graphite cracked, creating interesting angles throughout the piece, which he then coated with gold. The finished piece looks like an other-worldly metal reflecting hues of purple, yellow and blue.
Each viewer sees something different in Orfescu's work, and he says that's what he likes about abstract art --- it makes people think.
Orfescu's partner in the exhibit, photographer Rick Chinelli, said "personally, I think that Cris works on another level both physically and mentally." While Chinelli said his own work looks closely at subjects on a human level, he said Orfescu's takes an intimate look on the molecular level.
Having their differing work displayed side by side makes a statement about art itself, Chinelli said. But the two exhibits are tied together in their dissonance. "People come from all walks of life and relate to both," he said.
Where: La Casa Decor Interiors, 1164 Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; continues through April 30
Information: (310) 273-4515
Note: The artists will hold a concluding weekend reception April 29 and 30 at the exhibit from 6-10 p.m. More of Orfescu's work can be seen at www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/c/criorf.
- Kimm Groshong can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451.
Small Wonder Nanotechnology, article published Monday, April 11, 2005 in U-daily bulletin of Los Angeles Newspaper Group
NANOART selected for the 2006 International Digital Exhibition, article published Thursday, February 23, 2006 in ITS ART Magazine, France
Technology enables cutting-edge curating for Softcopy, article published Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in The Northern Light, Anchorage, Alaska
Nanoart : des oeuvres d'art grâce au microscope électronique, article published on March 17, 2006 in Futura Sciences, France
Le NanoArt: un nouveau courant artistique?, article published on March 19, 2006 in Generation Nouvelle Technologies, France
Nano art: Molecular-level creativity, article published on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 by Associated Press
Arts Pionniers, article published in the September 2006 issue of Stuff magazine in France.
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