Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014 6 – 10pm

The premise is simple: hundreds of original works of art that are inspired by science from artists all over the world will be sold to support Art.Science.Gallery.’s year-round programming. Each work is “artist trading card” size (2.5 x 3.5 inches), and comes already framed with support from Jerry’s Artarama of Austin. The framed trading cards will be sold for $25 each or 5 for $100.

The 1st Annual Art/Science Trading Card Exhibition in 2013 featured 187 works of art by 108 artists from around the world. All works from the 2014 and 2013 exhibitions are archived in Art.Science.Gallery.’s public online library of science-inspired trading cards at www.artscitradingcards.tumblr.com. 2014 works will also be for sale online by clicking on the title of each piece in the archive (links will become active as works become available).

The fundraiser supports Art.Science.Gallery.’s programming. The gallery has hosted over 30 free public events so far in 2014 including science lectures, artist talks and demonstrations and author appearances. Special annual events include Ada Lovelace Day and Darwin Day parties, the Earth Day / ATX Science Extravaganza which raises funds for environmental research, and The Tesla Project which raised $1,200 for Girlstart. The gallery has also hosted Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons to list more women in science, provides website support for the local outreach group Science Under The Stars, and hosts a NACE-compliant internship program. Art.Science.Gallery. is proud to be a Platinum-Level Austin Green Business Leader committed to environmental sustainability. Partnerships with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, the Center for Biological Diversity, Wildscreen Arkive and the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection department have helped to raise awareness of biodiversity and endangered species issues.

The gallery started as a pop-up art space in 2012 and was successfully crowdfunded on IndieGoGo.com by 73 founding supporters in 2013, which catalyzed the gallery’s move to a brick-and-mortar space. The opening of the 2nd Annual Art/Science Trading Card Exhibition & Fundraiser marks the first anniversary of the gallery’s new permanent home in East Austin in the Canopy fine arts complex at 916 Springdale Rd. The gallery has exhibited over 350 science-inspired artists since it was founded.

“We are really proud to be a crowdfunded art space, and our annual fundraiser lets us keep supporting the science-inspired artists we show here at Art.Science.Gallery.,” says gallery founder and director Dr. Hayley Gillespie, “each card sold in this exhibit has been contributed by an artist who supports our vision. We have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with the artists – we want to help their science-inspired art reach a broader audience, and they appreciate that we’re dedicated to their genre of art. We support each other.”

While 5 x 7 art shows are a popular fundraiser format, Art.Science.Gallery. decided to go “micro” with the “artist trading card” sized 2.5 x 3.5 inch works with white gallery wood frames from Jerry’s Artarama. “They’re a really fun size to collect,” says Gillespie, “it’s a size and price that’s accessible to everyone. They’re also great for small spaces, and look good in a row or a grid if you want more.” The small size is also mindful of not asking too much from the artists, and provides a small, non-intimidating project for first-time artists or established artists who want to experiment with creating science-inspired works.

Established collectors can enjoy the thrill of snapping up works by established artists they admire for a steal, and new collectors can enjoy discovering artists that are new to them in a friendly environment and an affordable price.

“Our mission is to make science accessible to everyone through the lens of art,” says Gillespie, “and this exhibit is purposefully inclusive of beginning and established artists, new and experienced collectors, and all-around gallery fans.” The exhibit even lets scientists experiment with creating art for the first time, she says, “and that’s a wonderful thing.”

Special Events

Science Kids Day: Saturday December 6, 2014 2-4pm. Meet our three childrens authors April Chloe Terrazas, Grant Shepard and The Singing Zoologist Lucas Miller. Enjoy tasty cricket cookies with Little Herds!

Winter Solstice Party: Saturday, December 21, 2014 6-9pm. Stargazing with Austin Astronomical Society!

EXHIBITION SPONSORS

Jerry’s Artarama of Austin

Treaty Oak Distilling Co.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for 1-2 people to help with digitizing and archiving. Free gallery tees! Details on our volunteer page.

 


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Join Art.Science.Gallery. for a trunk show of m2 JEWELRY with Austin artist Mae-Mae Stiles, one of the artists featured in our science-inspired gift shop! Mae-Mae is not only a jeweler, she is also an engineer! We think her modern, minimal, colorful designs evoke a sense of wonder expressed in mid-century design about science and exploration! She’ll be revealing custom jewelry based on our Art.Science.Gallery. logo, which was created by Austin designer Jennifer Braham of Brink Creative in 2012.

IMG_6400m2 JEWELRY pairs perfectly with other offerings from our gallery gift shop such as Stellar Science Series illustrations by Brooklyn-based designer Jed Dore and pashminas and silk scarves by Cyberoptix Tie Lab.

Mae-Mae’s unique work often has vintage elements dating to the 1900’s including semi precious stones, recycled glass, wood, pearls, crystals, amber and vintage Lucite. “I never take my U.S. citizenship for granted and know how important local community is to keep the economy vibrant so more than 75% of my beads and supplies are bought locally,” says Stiles, “I want you to feel proud to wear my jewelry and feel good that your money is going back into keeping your community strong. Thank you and please recycle.”

Local food artisans Zhi Tea organic loose-leaf teas and Treaty Oak Distilling Co. will be sampling some of their delightful new beverages!

RSVP at m2gallerytrunkshow.eventbrite.com to be automatically entered to win a 5″ x 7″ Stellar Science Series print by Jed Dore and a pair of earrings by m2 JEWELRY.


ART.SCIENCE.GALLERY.  PRESENTS

THE OFFICIAL ATX BOOK LAUNCH PARTY FOR

THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT SHULTS

WITH AN ORIGINAL STORY BY SCIENCE FICTION AUTHOR RUDY RUCKER
AND AN ESSAY BY DR. TODD DITMIRE,
DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS CENTER FOR HIGH ENERGY DENSITY SCIENCE

Austin based photographer Robert Shults grew up with a passion for sci-fi movies and outer space exploration, and was drawn to physics as photographers and physicists share in common the same basic tools — light, space and optics. In 2009, Shults was introduced to the Texas Petawatt Laser facility, an unparalleled research laboratory in Austin, Texas that at the time produced the most powerful laser pulse in the world. When he witnessed the laser in action he knew it had to be the subject of his next photography project.

The Superlative Light (Daylight Books) presents a layman photographer’s awestruck tour of this hallowed facility located in the bowels of the University of Texas at Austin where an elite group of scientists conduct experiments that are impossible to imagine — daily releases of a force that constitutes the brightest light known to exist in the entire universe. The Petawatt laser can produce, for a fraction of a second, more power than the entire U.S. electrical grid.

Art.Science.Gallery., a crowd-funded art gallery and science communication space based in Austin, is pleased to host the official launch party for The Superlative Light, which will be attended by Robert Shults and scientists from the Texas Petwatt Laser who will sign copies of the book that will be on sale at the venue.

This special book launch event takes place during Art.Science.Gallery.’s X Marks The Spot exhibition of contemporary artworks exploring scientific variables and will be held on the first evening of EAST Austin Studio Tour, a self-guided tour of East Austin’s studios, galleries and creative spaces. (In 2015, an exhibition of original photography from The Superlative Light will be on view at Art.Science.Gallery. from March 7 – April 11, 2015, with an opening reception on March 7 from 7-10pm.)

RSVP at SuperlativeLightATX.eventbrite.com and be automatically entered to win a signed copy of The Superlative Light!

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About the Book

With his range-finder camera and 1600 ASA film, Shults captures the scientific and fantastical aspects of a laboratory which is home to an intensely focused beam that creates the sort of matter found at the center of stars or areas in close proximity to black holes. These scientists observe the blast waves of exploding stars, and chart how such forces form new galaxies in their wake. They extract electrons from their atoms, generating the very same fusion reactions that power our sun. These events occur in a flash of brilliance briefer than any other in human history.

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Shults’ series of images draws upon the visual traditions of “grade B” science-fiction cinema that have a grainy, film noir quality that plays up the drama, mystery, and slightly unsettling atmosphere of this rarified space where some of the most extreme conditions in the universe are recreated. In The Superlative Light, Shults recasts real working scientists as the heroes of an imaginary epic who are bestowed with God-like powers to bring the stars to Earth.

The Superlative Light features an original fiction story, inspired by the photographs, by award-winning author and mathematician Rudy Rucker. Dr. Rucker’s piece augments the photographs’ dual modes as components of both fictional and documentary narratives. The book also features a scientific introduction by Dr. Todd Ditmire, director of the Center for High Energy Density Science and chief developer of the Texas Petawatt.

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The book, which is designed by Ursula Damm, is bound using a “head-to-tail” binding that resembles old two-in-one sci-fi books which allow readers to read one novel from front to back, and then flip the book over and read a different story back to front. The front story starts with Ditmire’s scientific text; the back with Rucker’s sci-fi story. This playful construction highlights both the science and the art of the project and the intersection between fact and fiction. Each copy of the volume includes a unique bookmark made from specialized laser “burn paper” with an image etched directly onto its surface by the Texas Petawatt.


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Photographer and educator Robert Shults is based in Austin, Texas. He studied photography on location in Central America with Barbara McClatchie Andrews, and has traveled and photographed extensively throughout Latin America, Britain, and the United States. From 2007 until 2010 he taught photography at the University of Texas at Austin, as part of the Informal Classes program. Shults is a Critical Mass 2014 finalist for his work in The Superlative Light. An exhibition of the work will be shown at the Daylight Project Space in Hillsborough, North Carolina in October 2014. Shults’ work has been published in The New York Times, WIRED, Smithsonian, F-Stop magazine and Lenscratch. For more information, go here.

Rudy Rucker received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Swarthmore College and earned his PhD in mathematics from Rutgers University. In the course of a three-decade academic career, he taught at SUNY Geneseo, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and San Jose State University. Rucker is regarded as a contemporary master of science fiction and one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement. He has received the Philip K. Dick Award twice. His 37 published books include the novels of The Ware Tetralogy and nonfiction books on the fourth dimension, infinity, and computation.

Dr. Todd Ditmire earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in physics and art history and received his PhD in physics from the University of California at Davis. He is currently professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is director of the Center for High Energy Density Science and the Texas Petawatt Project. He was previously a staff scientist and project leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Art.Science.Gallery. is a crowd-funded art gallery and science communication space dedicated to art-science fusion of all kinds. Located in the creative heart of East Austin, it is surrounded by the studios and galleries in the Canopy arts complex at 916 Springdale Rd. The gallery’s mission is to provide a friendly environment to make science more accessible to everyone through science-related visual arts exhibitions and events, foster the careers of emerging and established artist-scientists and to provide professional development opportunities for scientists to become more engaging public communicators. Art.Science.Gallery. is also proud to be a Platinum Level Austin Green Business Leader.

Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. For more information, visit www.daylightbooks.org. Daylight recently launched an immersive art platform to satisfy the appetite of digital consumers that features the work of established and emerging artists. To check it out, visit www.daylight.co.