GREG DUNN DESIGN http://www.gregadunn.com Visual Art | Neuroscience Art | Gold Leaf Painting Wed, 06 Feb 2019 20:42:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.gregadunn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/greg-a-dunn-design-logo-50x52.jpg GREG DUNN DESIGN http://www.gregadunn.com 32 32 Bitufted Neurons http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/bitufted-neurons/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:08:35 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5926 22”x 68”
$1000 Ink on sized xuan, 2018
Please contact me below for purchasing
greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com

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Neural Sunburst on Copper Silk- SOLD http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/neural-sunburst-on-copper-silk/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:03:45 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5921 22”x 68”
$1250 Ink on sized xuan, SOLD

2018
Please contact me below for purchasing
greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com

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Neural Sunburst on Pink Silk- SOLD http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/neural-sunburst-on-pink-silk/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:02:24 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5919 22”x 68”
$1250 Ink on sized xuan, 2018, SOLD
Please contact me below for purchasing
greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com

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Pyramidal Inhibition http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/pyramidal-inhibition/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:00:09 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5917 22”x 68”
$1200 Ink on sized xuan, 2018
Please contact me below for purchasing
greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com

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Blood Brain Barrier http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/blood-brain-barrier-2/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:43:24 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5910 22”x 68”
$1300 Ink on sized xuan, 2018
Please contact me below for purchasing
greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com

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Neural Landscape in Color- SOLD http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/neural-landscape-in-color/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:34:53 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5908 22”x 68”
$1350 Ink on sized xuan, 2018 SOLD
Please contact me below for purchasing
greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com

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Synaptic Cascade- SOLD http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/synaptic-cascade/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:32:40 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5906 22”x 68”
$1250 Ink on sized xuan, SOLD

2018
Please contact me below for purchasing
greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com

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Neurogenesis I http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/neurogenesis-i/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:36:41 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5801 22K, 12K gold, dye, and ink on stainless steel
30″ X 42″
2018

Private commission, 2018

 

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Action Potential microetching http://www.gregadunn.com/microetchings/action-potential-microetching/ Wed, 30 May 2018 02:41:18 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5610 22K gold handmade gilded microetchings
24″ X 32″ (framed dimensions 28″ X 36″, edition of 10)
2017 by Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards
Please email me for pricing – greg(at)gregadunn(dot)com
(hint: these are quite a bit more expensive than the microetched prints which can be found here)

The triggering of an action potential is one of the foundational principles on which the brain operates. Action Potential is an animated microetching that simulates how a neuron receives and integrates incoming signals from connected neurons to trigger an action potential. Incoming action potentials from the small neurons hit the dendrites of the large neuron while their collective input builds through the large neuron’s dendrites. When these signals simultaneously reach the cell body, they trigger the large neuron to fire its own action potential. While this piece is a study of how input velocities, locations, and relative strengths influence a downstream neuron’s ability to fire, it is also an artistic experiment exploring the explosive beauty of the process. Action potentials are the fundamental processes by which we think, feel, taste, and accomplish every task our brain carries out.

Artwork description:

These are 24″ X 32″ 22K gold hand-gilded etchings framed with anti-reflective and UV protective glass in a beautiful dark wood molding. The original etchings come with a custom built light source (if desired) which wraps around from the back of the frame and illuminates the piece with a single white light. Multicolor illumination is not included in the price, but if desired I can advise on the best ways to achieve it.
Each micro-etching is made when ordered and will be available for delivery in approx 4-6 weeks.

Frame for 22K microetchings

Additional information on lighting, etc.

Both 22K original microetchings and microetched prints can appear dramatically different depending on how they are lit, and below are a series of still images demonstrating suggested illumination patterns. In these images, the colors encode information about relative locations of the synapses relative to the cell body. For example, the more proximal gold colored synapses may be contributing to a greater degree to the signal integration, whereas the more distant pink synapses may be contributing a weaker signal.

Action Potential microetching under multicolored light

Action Potential microetching detail under multicolored light

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Brainscape in Blue Metallics http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/brainscape-in-blue-metallics/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:15:01 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5355 12″ X 16″
12K gold, ink, dye, and aluminum powder on stainless steel
2018
$2850

please email at the bottom of the page for purchase inquiries

The piece is layered with 12K gold to give both physical and reflective depth. The imagery is of stellate cells extending their axons to a diffuse receiving target, their axons growing alongside one another to reach their destinations.

This painting is best illuminated with an overhead light source. It appears very different depending on the vantage point of the viewer. Please watch the video for further demonstration.

Detail:

Brainscape in Metallic Blues from Greg Dunn on Vimeo.

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Blood Brain Barrier – SOLD http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/blood-brain-barrier/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:05:38 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=5345 22″ X 28″
12K gold, ink, dye, and metal powder on stainless steel
2018
$5500 SOLD

please email me at the bottom of the page for purchase inquiries

Framed in custom selected moulding with antireflective and UV protective art glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blood brain barrier is the brain’s first line of defense, a selective filtering mechanism of the capillaries that prevents bloodborne pathogens, toxins, and other substances from entering the neural tissue. It is comprised of endothelial cells and astrocytes which create a tight restrictive boundary around the blood supply.

The painting is also a study in fluid dynamics to impart a more biological feel to the materials. Metal powders and dyes suspended in epoxy resins are applied to the canvas and torched to encourage chaotic elements to develop. The astrocytic cell bodies that extend their feet to the blood vessel boundaries are created by using rock salt as a mold around which epoxy layers are flowed, then dissolved out and filled with resins to emulate a more three dimensional feel to the painting.

Blood Brain Barrier features a reflective design that is best illuminated by a single overhead light source. Please watch the video for further demonstration.

detail image:

Blood Brain Barrier from Greg Dunn on Vimeo.

 

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Self Reflected microetching http://www.gregadunn.com/microetchings/self-reflected-microetching/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:34:18 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=4196 A small number of 24″ X 32″, 22K gold versions will be available of this microetching. Please contact me for information and pricing. 

In addition, a very small number of the full size, 96″ X 130″ 22K gilded microetchings with customized lighting design will be available for sale to museums, institutions, and private collectors. Please contact me for information and pricing. 

Dr. Greg Dunn (artist and neuroscientist) and Dr. Brian Edwards (artist and applied physicist) created Self Reflected to elucidate the nature of human consciousness, bridging the connection between the mysterious three pound macroscopic brain and the microscopic behavior of neurons. Self Reflected offers an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself, revealing through a technique called reflective microetching the enormous scope of beautiful and delicately balanced neural choreographies designed to reflect what is occurring in our own minds as we observe this work of art. Self Reflected was created to remind us that the most marvelous machine in the known universe is at the core of our being and is the root of our shared humanity.

For more information about the art, neuroscience, and story behind Self Reflected, please visit the Self Reflected section of the website.

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Retina in Ink http://www.gregadunn.com/ink-paintings/retina-in-ink/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:38:05 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=3376 Ink on watercolor paper
18″ X 24″
2015
$2500 SOLD

Framed in custom selected moulding with antireflective and UV protective art glass.

The retina converts light hitting the eye into neural signals that can be interpreted by higher order brain structures in the cortex. Light hits the photoreceptors (top of the painting) and the consequent signals transmitted through the retina are organized into packets of semiprocessed information that conveys the basic color and edge structure of an image. This is accomplished by the coordinated activity of the retinal layers, made of bipolar, amacrine, horizontal, and ganglion cells. After the retina, visual data is sent through the optic nerve through the thalamus and into primary visual cortex at the back of the brain.

Retina in Ink is a neonaturalist work combining scientific visualization with techniques in abstract expressionism to yield chaotic and evocative neural networks in ink.

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Local Connectivity http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/local-connectivity/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:31:28 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=3367 22K gold, horse and synthetic human hair, ink, and dye on stainless steel
24″ X 36″
2015
$5500 SOLD

Framed in custom selected molding

The brain’s characteristic circuitry involves both long range, myelinated axon bundles (depicted with horsehair) that connect disparate regions of the brain and peripheral nervous system, as well as a great deal of locally connected circuits (inked neurons). These shorter range circuits are arranged into processing loops between excitatory and inhibitory interneurons that process and integrate information from various sources and arrange it for output.

This painting has a dynamic reflective element in the different lusters of 22K gold leaf overlaid onto etched and dyed stainless steel. It is best illuminated with a hard overhead light source such as a halogen or strong LED bulb that highlights its contrasting reflective lusters.

Detail photos:

local-connectivity-closeup-2local-connectivity-closeup-1

 

]]> Myelination http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/myelination/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:27:10 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=3362 12K gold, dye, and mica on cut acrylic panel

22″ X 30″
2015

$4500 (please email me below for inquiries)

Framed in custom selected molding.
High velocity axons increase their transmission speed through the insulating properties of enwrapped membranes, a process called myelination. Cells called oligodendrocytes (dark grey) wrap their fatty membranes around axons (12K white gold) to prevent ion leakage which would dilute action potential efficiency. Arranged like the rings of a tree, these bundles of fatty membranes abut one another in beautiful chaotic patterns that emerge from the dense packings of fibers in white matter tracks.
This painting features gilded, hand etched laser cut acrylic pieces assembled and sealed with an enveloping gloss clear coat. It is designed to be illuminated from above with a hard light source such as a halogen or strong LED bulb that highlights the dynamic reflective patterns arising from the etched gold surfaces.

Myelination Detail

Myelination Detail

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Flagellates http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/flagellates/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:04:40 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2995 18″ X 70″
$800
Ink on sized xuan, 2016
Please contact below for purchasing

 

paramecia closeup

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Neural Migration http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/neural-migration/ Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:58:16 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2208 21K and 12K gold, metal powder, dye, and ink on stainless steel

30″ X 42″
2015
$9000
Neural Migration depicts a period of brain development wherein radial glia (black cells) divide continuously to create new neurons (white cells). These new neurons climb the black dendritic stalks of their parent cells, eventually finding their final resting places within the layers of cerebral cortex. This process creates billions of new neurons and occurs over the period of only a few weeks during gestation.

 

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Pranayama http://www.gregadunn.com/microetchings/pranayama-microetching/ Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:41:20 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2103 22K handmade gilded microetching
limited edition of 10

(current available piece is #4/10)

24″ X 32″, complete with frame and custom light fixture

Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards, 2014

Please contact for pricing information

If you are looking for the print version of this microetching, Pranayama: Breath of Fire, you will find it here.

 

Pranayama, controlling the mind through the breath, has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. With continued practice comes a growing awareness of prana, a subtle energy in the body whose movement can be controlled through breath.

This dynamically reflective gilded microetching depicts the movement of prana in the body as the viewer walks around it. When walking from left to right, the “inhale,” prana is withdrawn from the extremities, into the central channel, and upwards. When walking from right to left, the “exhale,” the prana moves back down the central channel and into the extremities. The microetching “breathes” as the viewer walks past it, providing a reminder to bring the mind back to a position of awareness.

Please watch the short film below, shot and produced by Will Drinker, to get a sense for what the microetching looks like. Please note that these effects are only present in the original 22K gilded microetchings, not in the print of this piece that you can find in the Print section. The print is a still photograph of the microetching.

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Article in PhillyVoice “Mutter Museum features artist’s ‘mind-blowing’ images of the brain” http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/article-in-phillyvoice-mutter-museum-features-artists-mind-blowing-images-of-the-brain/ Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:36:01 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2079 BY MEERI KIM, PhillyVoice Contributor | Published JULY 07, 2015

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Mind Illuminated- major exhibition at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia through January 2016 http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/mind-illuminated-major-exhibition-at-the-mutter-museum-in-philadelphia-through-january-2016/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:24:27 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2070 Hi all,

I have a major exhibition of 16 scrolls, gold leaf paintings, and microetchings at the Mutter Museum in Philly through January 2016. You can see a preview of the exhibition below.

 

Here is a writeup of the exhibition from Philly Voice:

http://www.phillyvoice.com/mutter-artist-mind-blowing-images-brain/

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Exhibition “Mind Illuminated” at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia through Jan 2016 http://www.gregadunn.com/uncategorized/exhibition-mind-illuminated-at-the-mutter-museum-in-philadelphia-through-jan-2016/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:21:27 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2068 Hi all,

I have a major exhibition of 16 works that is currently hanging at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia until early January of 2016. You can see a preview of the exhibition here:

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Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/dazzling-images-of-the-brain-created-by-neuroscientist-artist/ Mon, 18 May 2015 15:57:06 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1994 by Tanya Lewis, for http://www.livescience.com | December 10, 2014

…..”The microscopic world belongs in the world of Asian art,” Dunn said. “There’s no distinction between painting a landscape of a forest and a landscape of the brain.” ….

Read Full Article Here.

life-science

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Society for Neuroscience 2014 exhibition http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/society-neuroscience-2014-exhibition/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:01:08 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1655 I will be exhibiting reflective microetchings, prints, scrolls, and gold leaf paintings at the Society for Neuroscience meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC November 15th-19th from 10am-4pm each day. The address for the convention center is 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001. The general public should be able to walk into the convention center to see the booth, and you should not have to be registered to do so.

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NSF grant http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/nsf-grant/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:49:31 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1652 My collaborator Dr. Brian Edwards and I have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create an enormous microetching of the human brain at as close to full complexity as possible! The full work will be completed and installed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 2016. We are very excited about this project, and you can find out more about it here.

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Extracellular Matrix II http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/extracellular-matrix-ii/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:35:26 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1643 18″ X 60″
$1400 SOLD
22K gold and ink on sized xuan

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Cortical Columns http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/cortical-columns/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:19:12 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1635 21K, 18K, and 12K gold, ink, dye, and mica on aluminized panel
36″ X 48″
2014
SOLD

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Spinal Cord http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/spinal-cord/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:05:26 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1632 21K and 12K gold, ink, and dye on stainless steel
24″ X 36″ unmatted, 29″ X 41″ matted in custom gold mat
2014
$8000  SOLD

 

 

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Science Inspires Art: The Brain. – article in the New York Times http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/science-inspires-art-brain-article-new-york-times/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:09:21 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1591 New York Hall of Science, Queens. Opens Oct. 11. Adults $11, children and seniors $8.

Cortical Columns

This art exhibition offers some new ways of looking at that three-pound hunk of jelly in your skull. Some do it with humor: a mock-infographic that shows a brain hinged open to reveal dozens of tiny people scurrying about, and an elegantly staged photograph of a small brain on a dinner plate with serving spoons. Some offer neural self-portraits, like the artist with multiple sclerosis who paints Technicolor versions of her brain scans on silk, and the artist who gives an unsettling depiction of the white “aura” that appears in her field of vision before a migraine headache. Of the 42 works selected by a gallery director and a neuroscientist, most were from artists, “perhaps because entries from scientists tend to be too didactic,” said Cynthia Pannucci, the founder and director of Art & Science Collaborations Inc., who organized the exhibition. Among the most moving, however, were those that simply show the anatomy, such as “Cortical Columns,” a haunting panel by the neuroscientist-turned-painter Greg Dunn, who uses gold and silver powders, ink and dye to render nerve cells in all their branchiness, like saplings waiting for winter.

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Art and science make beautiful collaboration http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/art-and-acience-make-beautiful-collaboration/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:58:40 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1588 Neurons and Other Memories exhibit in Miller Gallery evoke connected world

by Rachel Cohen Oct 12, 2014

“The aesthetic highlight of the exhibit is Greg Dunn’s series of four beautiful, shimmering works: “Purkinje Neurons,” “Synaptogenesis,” “Glomerulus,” and “Retina I” are enamel depictions of neural connections on leaves of gold, copper, and aluminum.”

read full article here.

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Etching the Neural Landscape http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/etching-neural-landscape/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:13:54 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1594 A neuroscientist-artist draws inspiration from the materials and techniques of Asian scroll painting to visualize the complex wiring of the brain.

by Greg Dunn for American Scientist
October 2014

Both art and science arise from our root desires to describe our experience of reality. From this starting point, the artistic and scientific paths diverge. Science describes external reality, about which we share a consensus. Art captures our internal, subjective realities. But the two sides do not always stand apart. My own work can best be described as science/art, not simply because I paint that which scientists study but because I draw evenly from artistic and scientific approaches to capture the essence of the neurons that carry sensations and produce thought.

 

My artistic career began during my tenure as a graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. As I came to learn, molecular research can be an existential exercise in that you must rely on machines and chemical reagents to “see” your experiments. Painting provided me a welcome respite from lab frustrations because it gave me a sense of control. When painting, I can experiment and immediately see the result, judge it against my intentions, and iterate as necessary. I can convey my thoughts to the world without having to worry about grants, contaminated compounds, the politics of publishing, or an unexpected flood in the mouse room threatening to wash away my study subjects.

 

Read full article here.

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