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Published on March 22, 2021

Ellen K. Levy

Safe in Space, 40 x 60 in Print and Mixed Media on Paper 2020

“I am entirely in agreement with architect Nat Chard who defined precision as "the fabrication of a seduction." For me, precision is capturing something unfolding, unnameable, yet weirdly realistic and tangible - a provocation by a form that could be misidentified as fully known. Precise alignment, positioning, and scaling of indeterminacy can allow for improvisation, seemingly its opposite. For example, by incorporating patented drawings I intend to shift attention from a given innovation's commercial viability and novelty to its deployment and possible repercussions.” Ellen K. Levy, 2021.

Ellen K. Levy is a visual artist whose focus is complex systems in evolution. She often juxtaposes still representations and dynamic animations that together create unanticipated meanings; her practice encompasses experiential mixed-media installations, innovative forums, art and science curatorial projects, and writing in the interface between art, science, and technology (e.g., Leonardo Journal, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience). She was President of the College Art Association (2004-2006) and was Special Advisor on the Arts and Sciences at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) (2012-2017). She has taught courses and conducted many workshops on various aspects of art and science, especially the neuroscience of attention.