Sciartist Showcase

LANDSCAPES OF THE BRAIN, by JOSÉ RODRIGO GARCÍA

Our first showcase is from Professor José Rodrigo García, MD, PhD, a neurobiologist and histologist who took up painting upon his retirement in 2006. and a dear friend and colleague of Dr. Radomski. Professor Rodrigo is Professor of Research AD HONOREM in the Cajal Institute in Madrid, Spain, and was a pupil of renowned Spanish neuroscientist, Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Upon retirement in 2006, Professor Rodrigo began his artistic career in the field of painting.

Selections from his collection, Landscapes of the Brain are shown below.

“I have the humble opinion that science is art, art being a complex mechanism with technical, scientific and even spiritual nuances that can serve to facilitate the diffusion and propagation of science.”

-José Rodrigo García, MD, PhD

A scientist’s take on Landscapes of the Brain: "Our first example of sciart is rather unique! Traditionally, a scientist was trained in artistic drawing to represent what they saw through the microscope, since microscope-attached cameras were not yet utilized commonly.  In this context, the distinction between science and art might be rather blurred, as reflected in many of Dr. Garcia’s answers to our interview questions."

-Brian Eames, PhD

An artist's take on Landscapes of the Brain: "The unique body of work of Prof. José Rodrigo offers a scientifically-grounded departure point to begin our dialogue on sciart.   Rodrigo’s story shows how scientific explorations can progress from an empirical objective towards a form of poetic entanglement of scientist, artist, and subject. In his work, the observer of nature is as significant as the nature being observed."

-Jean-Sébastien (JS) Gauthier, BFA


"The two first selections reflects the sciartist’s formal scientific training and use of traditional observational drawing methods, an essential skillset for researchers prior to the prevalence of analog or digital image capture."
-Jean-Sébastien (JS) Gauthier, BFA

"Similarly, this image evokes scientific illustration made through observation."
-Jean-Sébastien (JS) Gauthier, BFA
"His work shows the adaptation of scientific illustration techniques from familiar treatments of landscape painting as a point of departure. Landscape and remains a key theme for the interpretation of the sciartist’s work."
-Jean-Sébastien (JS) Gauthier, BFA
"This work bridges a critical transitional space available to the sciartist. The scientist’s research subject is not only observed through an objective or distance and separate landscape, instead the sciartist becomes actively represented as participating in subject of their research. The observer is a prominent subject and within the nature of their research."
- Jean-Sébastien (JS) Gauthier, BFA
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Conceived by Dr. Marek Radomski, Vice-Dean of Research, College of Medicine, University Bridge | a SciArt Space examines the relationship between art and science.

The University Bridge | a SciArt Space webpages are made possible by the Curatorial Committee. The Committee consistes of Brian Eames (Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology), Jean-Sébastien Gauthier (artist), and Erin Prosser-Loose (Research Equity & Diversity Specialist, College of Medicine).

Each showcase will offer a succinct dialogue or analysis around a new subject who meaningfully engages with Sciart from the perspective of a scientist, artist and writer with a shared enthusiasm for Sciart.

The goal of the showcase is to open the local reader who is ideally a local burgeoning scientist or artist to the opportunities that crossdisciplinarity practices can achieve\offer and the benefits to both artists, scientists and their communities.
University Bridge | a SciArt Space welcomes submissions from individuals who produce artistic works meant to communicate aspects of science and/or medicine.

Please send expressions of interest to Erin Prosser-Loose via Email. The Curatorial Committee will then communicate further instructions.
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