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Archives for June, 2009

Last Friday, in my post on Nature’s comprehensive coverage of science journalism, I mentioned the recent Nature Biotechnology conference paper on science communications co-authored by scibling Matt Nisbet. I also said I’d come back to one of the points in it that bothers me. As I said yesterday, most of the material in this paper…

Artomatic 2009: Ben Tolman

Theatre Ben Tolman Like Hieronymus Bosch paintings, Ben Tolman’s intricate, epic drawings can hold your attention for a long, long time. Although the poor lighting at Artomatic makes poring over the minute detail a little frustrating, it’s impressive to see the scale of Tolman’s works in person. Alternatively, view the high-res version here, or watch…

Today is the last day of the Silence is the Enemy fundraising drive here at BioE – when I get my proceeds I’ll send them along to Doctors Without Borders, probably along with a little extra, since I don’t usually make an appreciable amount here at BioE. But I did notice a slight uptick in…

Faux jellyfish

Mark Mawson’s Aqueous series consists of amazing fluid artworks created by dropping paint into water. I wasn’t going to blog about them, because everyone else is already, but I found it remarkable how similar they are to jellyfish – not the one above necessarily, but some of the others. Go to his website and click…

John Timmer at Ars Technica discusses the results of a survey of bloggers which seems to suggest that, while most bloggers hold themselves to a reasonably high ethical standard, they don’t necessarily expect other bloggers to do so. I think it’s kind of a weird idea to have a code of ethics for all bloggers,…

Artomatic 2009: Tracey Clarke

The Age of the Drowning of Sorrows and the miracle of Soju and Etha oil on canvas Tracey Clarke Tracey Clarke has taken nearly every little girl’s habit of doodling horses, turned it into startlingly realistic animal portraiture, and then added a frisson of creepiness. Her wild horses, blank-eyed and leaking stuffing, remind me of…

Draw a Robot 2.0!

nmohan of the collaborative artists group Robot Disorder just contacted me to let me know they’ve launched the Robot Disorder 2.0 website, with more robot hordes (and easier navigation). He says they have literally thousands of robot drawings to clean up and post in the coming weeks, so if you haven’t yet seen your personal…

Artomatic 2009: Paul Taylor

Her Dark Satanic Mills Paul Taylor When I saw Paul Taylor’s massive paintings at Artomatic, I immediately thought of two things: fire and Blake’s etchings. So I was tickled that the title, “Her Dark Satanic Mills,” refers to a poem by Blake, and that Taylor’s creative process is all about fire: The medium is essentially…

If this story is to be believed, Body Worlds creator Gunther von Hagens is going to plastinate Michael Jackson. I have no objection to plastination per se, but I think it would be uniquely tragic for Michael Jackson to remain an object of invasive voyeurism after death. That’s exactly what he was from his earliest…

NĂ¡poles #2 acrylic Fabian H Rios Rubino It’s the last two weeks for DC’s Artomatic, which runs through July 5. If you haven’t had a chance to go, in addition to losing your chance to Draw A Robot, you’re missing a lot of wonderful artwork. For the next week, I’m going to highlight some of…