Greg Dunn got a PhD in neuroscience to help him understand the brain. To communicate its grand complexity, he teamed up with an applied physicist and manipulated a technique they call microetching. Their work yields a sophisticated rendering of a complex organ. It is, by any standard, art. But so is the knot-rich, rough-edged wood furniture of George Nakashima. So are the high-concept installations of Allora & Calzadilla. So is the “ghetto pottery” of Robert Lugo and the documentary truths of photographer Nina Berman. Our visual art segments consistently interrogate not just the process by which the pieces come about but the obsessions and life stories that fuel them.
How does something seen or felt take shape as a canvas or sculpture, fashion or vase? Articulate artists answer that question.
Thinking of using this in your classroom? Check out the exercise suggested in Greg Dunn: Thinking About Thinking.