Greg Dunn’s captivating imagery is designed to be both stirring and educational. Inspired by early 20th century drawings of neurons in the brain, and traditional Japanese and Chinese ink drawings, Dunn’s paintings show an almost shocking contrast between pastel backgrounds and stunning black or white neuron-shaped skeins that splatter into the foreground with the urgency of captured lightning. Look again, and you may think you are looking at an underwater scene – neurons like octopi dancing together, or regions of the brain like blooming deep-sea clams or curling sea snails. The viewer may forget momentarily, while seized by the aesthetics, that these are artistic depictions of what happens in very tiny spaces of our own heads when we think, feel, and perceive. In this way, Dunn creates an ironic feedback connection with the viewer, where the viewer’s neurons fire while looking at adaptations of firing neurons.
Greg Dunn identifies as a visual artist, but his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania was in neuroscience. In his own words, he always attempts to, “walk a line between photorealism and interpretation” as he paints. Citing the brain as the most complicated object in the known universe, Dunn’s work is not necessarily an attempt to simplify the non-simplifiable, but an attempt to portray the beauty of the brain, and perhaps in doing so, making an understanding of neurons more accessible to a wider audience.
- Alinta Krauth
it’s pretty much finals month at work. brain BLORMP. followed by below freezing feels.
now, the rasta in my temporal lobe is shaped like redwinedbanana~
Strawberry Fields gates
(Unfortunately, these are not the original gates. They were replaced because they were in such a terrible state of disrepair.)
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