BioArt of Brandon Ballengée
Brandon Ballengee, Wood Frog Egg, Rana sylvatica at 14 hours, 2000/01.
For almost two decades, as an artist, biologist and environmental activist, Brandon Ballengée has been creating transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Underlying his practice is a systemic methodology, which posits art practice as a means of realizing research science, and vice-versa, as well as an impetus for “ecosystem activism” implemented through field investigations and laboratory programs that stress public involvement and engagement.
Employing media as diverse as billboard sized digital prints of chemical cleared and stained multi-limbed frogs, eco-displacement installations, sculptures incorporating preserved and living materials, laboratory filmed videos and performative Eco-Actions, his work has been exhibited throughout the USA and internationally in 18 countries, including Canada, Argentina, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Russia, India, China, South Korea and Australia.
In the summer of 2013 the first career survey of his work debuted at the Château de Charamarande in Essonne (France), and travelled to the Museum Het Domein in Sittard (Netherlands) in 2014. He holds a transdisciplinary Ph.D. in art and science from University of Plymouth (England) and teaches at School of Visual Arts (New York) in both the Fine Arts and Humanities & Sciences departments.
Brandon Ballengee, DFA 18: Triton, 2001/07.
The artist says about his work:
“Since 1996, my transdisciplinary practice has bridged primary scientific studies with ecological art and engaged environmental stewardship. Underlying my practice is a systemic methodology, which posits art practice as a means of realizing research science, and vice-versa. Inherent to this working method is an impetus for “ecosystem activism” implemented through participatory biology field investigations and laboratory programs that stress public involvement – my attempt at social sculpting. My artworks come from direct experiences with amphibians, birds, fish and insect species found in today’s preternatural ecosystems and those observed in post-natural laboratory settings. The art itself is made from diverse mediums including biological materials (chemically cleared and stained deformed specimens displayed as glowing gems, preserved specimens to represent collapsing global food webs, living plants and animals displaced in temporary mesocosums, paintings from my own blood mixed with industrial pollutants found in my own body and the living bodies of all organisms), large-scale scanner photographs representing the individuality of non-human individuals, outdoor light sculptures to encourage insect breeding and participatory trans-species happenings- all of these try to re-examine the context of the art object from a static form (implying rationality and control) into a more organic structure reflecting the inherent chaos found within evolutionary processes, biological systems and nature herself.”
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