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“Art + Science = Magic (Or Not?)” in Art Practical

In her brief introduction to the special “Art, Science, & Wonder” issue of Art Practical (7.2, October 30, 2015), Selene Foster notes, “It can be argued that every discipline carries with it the potential for great wonder, but the arts and sciences scream the value of not-knowing from the rooftops, and I believe this is the reason that they have been considered kin almost as long as civilization itself.” “The value of not-knowing,” indeed. While there are many significant differences between art and science, both are, as I write in my contribution to special issue, “realms of the question.” “Contrary
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Categories: art, BAASICS, science, wonder, and writing.

SFMOMA’s Open Space: BAASICS & unexpected projects in conversation

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, I shared lunch and a very enjoyable conversation about the nature of collaboration with artists Jenny Salomon, Jennifer Stager, and Selene Foster. As two collaborative pairs, we had a lot to talk about. Selene and I co-founded BAASICS and have been devoting ourselves to that labor of love for almost — whoa — five years now. In 2014, Jenny and Jennifer kicked off a collaboration they call unexpected projects, aspiring to “make art more accessible to wide-ranging audiences while providing artists with a platform from which to experiment. From installing site-specific shows on a former prisoner transport
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Categories: art, BAASICS, and my art.

Tytia Habing's Quiet Praise

After recently being introduced to photographer Tytia Habing“s series, “The Gift” (via Emma Kisiel“s terrific Muybridge”s Horse), I added Habing”s blog to the Hungry Hyaena blogroll. Jaded types might consider Habing”s work sentimental to the brink of preciousness, but I find her pictures to be quiet, evocative celebrations of the interconnectivity of everything — of the humbling fact that each mote is indivisible from the whole. In photographs of a gardener”s gloves overflowing with tobacco hornworms or a picture of Habing”s son taking cover in a low forest of mayapple, Habing”s earnest appreciation for, in her words, “this good earth
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Categories: art, my art, photography, and wonder.

Decoy model in Gray’s Sporting Journal

Earlier this month, when one of my photographs led a Bay Nature article that also included a reference to the work of my uncle, conservation historian John Reiger, I wrote that I was delighted to find “two generations of Reiger work appearing in the same feature.” Three weeks later, and it has happened again…although this occasion is less of a surprise. A photo of mine is used as the opening spread of “Allure of Decoys,” an article written by my father, George Reiger, that appears in the November/December issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal.
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Categories: art, birds, Eastern Shore of Virginia, hunting, and photography.

“Experimental Space”

“Experimental Space,” the current exhibition at Oakland‘s Aggregate Space Gallery (ASG), is a collaboration between the ASG team and BAASICS, the art and science nonprofit organization I co-founded in 2011. Selene Foster and I worked closely with ASG’s Conrad Meyers II and SD Willis to create a show that we hope is at once playful and provocative. The exhibition was Conrad’s brainchild, and he envisioned a show that would wink at the contemporary art world’s use of the term “experimental space.” In art world jargon, an experimental space is a gallery or other exhibition venue that showcases art projects that
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Categories: art, BAASICS, science, and wonder.