[ISDC2006] re space art

Robin Snelson robin.snelson at gmail.com
Sun Nov 20 18:55:57 EST 2005


HI Karen,

you guys are way over my head (pardon pun) with your  
conceptualization of the space art track, so I'll step down from my  
soapbox now!  Looking forward to learning something new --

all the best,
Robin



On Nov 20, 2005, at 2:58 PM, Karen Lau wrote:

> Hi Robin:
> The aforementioned artists are great and exhibit a
> representational or visualization form of art. I met a
> few space artists at a space art workshop held at Ames
> in February of this year. There's a strong exploration
> of combining the worlds of space science and art
> together to create a body of work where art actually
> can advance science in ways that we have not seen
> before. Frank Pietronegro who's co-chairing the Space
> Art track has access to such artists. I think in our
> forefront of giving the public access to space, it is
> crucial to exhibit these new ideas and raise the bar
> to a higher consciousness to what space art is and can
> be.
>
> -Karen
>
> --- Robin Snelson <robin.snelson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Just want to put in my 2 cents about paying
>> attention to traditional
>> space art.
>>
>> Fred Ordway, one of the world's foremost authorities
>> on the subject,
>> is on the NSS Board of Governors.   He would be a
>> good person to
>> consult about space art on the program, possible
>> exhibition.
>>
>> Planetary Society has a successful tradition of art
>> contests to
>> increase awareness of planetary missions, and two
>> well-known space
>> artists on its board of advisors:  Charles Kohlhase
>> and Jon Lomberg.
>>
>> Also, to recommend a couple of friends who are
>> world-class space
>> artists, both who won Emmys for their work on the
>> original "Cosmos"
>> series, and both who've made science-based space art
>> their life's
>> work:  Don David and Adolf Schaller.   Adolf is
>> doing a mural for the
>> new Griffith Observatory, and Don was recently
>> invited to join JPL's
>> imaging team for Mars orbiter, after doing ad-hoc
>> work on glitched
>> images.   Both are absolutely fascinating when
>> showing and talking
>> about their art and the science that informs it.
>>
>> About International Association of Astronomical
>> Artists, Don is a
>> founding member, although it seems the organization
>> hasn't been
>> active in recent years.  But there's another kind of
>> space art that
>> you could think of as astronautical art,
>> science-based visualizations
>> of us out there.  Don did some of the greatest work
>> in that category
>> with his space colony and space industrialization
>> paintings and
>> drawings for NASA Ames studies and O'Neill's High
>> Frontier.
>>
>> (years and years ago, when you guys were in short
>> pants, I wrote a
>> regular feature at Future magazine about space
>> artists, and edited a
>> couple of books on the subject, in case you wonder
>> why I'm so
>> obsessed with this topic)
>>
>> Robert McCall is fantastic, and a new museum just
>> opened in Arizona
>> dedicated to his work.   Maybe a traveling show
>> could be arranged?
>>
>> There ya go, that's my 2 cents.  If interested in
>> any of these ideas,
>> I'll be happy to help.
>>
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