George Legrady: Stardust

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George Legrady: Stardust

A machine looks, observes, and calculates in deep space.  An artist imagines the implications. Stardust is the result.

Edward Cella Art+Architecture is pleased to announce an exhibition entitled, Stardust, a limited edition portfolio of works on paper by George Legrady. The portfolio of computationally created visual renderings of celestial objects in space, based on NASA data, is the outcome of research for the “We Are Stardust” installation concurrently on view in the exhibition entitled Observe at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Created in software that allows for 3- D visualization of the positioning of deep-space objects in spatial relation to each other, using the archive of locations of celestial bodies studied by NASA scientists through the infra-red Spitzer Orbiting Telescope, the exhibition opens new and innovative doorways to the subject of astronomy and its implications for humanity with the goal to engage new audiences and forge new perceptions by reaching across the disciplines of art and science. ECAA will exhibit still images from the installation.

Realized in collaboration with the Art Center College of Design and the NASA Spitzer Science Center at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena; Stardust considers the physical and spatial relationships of distant stars and the various forces that bind them. George Legrady contextualizes this vast expanse of information by visualizing its inherent ephemeral nature and profundity.

Known for his ambitious interactive installations and data visualization projects, Legrady’s artwork of the past twenty years has focused on the exploration of complex digital technologies and their potentials in developing new forms of cultural narratives. Bridging art, science and technology, Legrady is recognized for creating experimental installations and computational photographs integrating data mapping and data visualization through systematic categorization and self-organizing algorithmic processes. His installations have been exhibited at museums throughout the world. His newest project, Stardust, seeks to visualize space and time outside the range of what is perceptual utilizing information only recently available due to the innovations in enhanced mechanical vision and computational technological processes. 

To learn more about Legrady’s sources and creative process please visit: http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/~g.legrady/glWeb/Projects/spitzer/spitzerTech.html