submission for the New York Hall of Science

Not all efforts succeed.

When it is ready to produce spores, the fungus grows into the brain of the ant and releases chemicals that make the ant climb a plant then attach itself near the top. It then kills its host by devouring its brain, before sprouting a mushroom from the top of its head, which disperses its spores as widely as possible.
Source: newspaper articles, radio reports and posts on the internet.
Guardian.co.uk, National Geographic and PLoS ONE

K_Van

“Infected Ant” K_Van, June 2012, oil on canvas 90x90cm

The painting depicts a low polygon mesh representing an ant infected by the Ophiocordyceps fungus. Polygon meshes are used in computer programs to model 3D objects, and each mesh can be broken down into perfect straight lines. Using these straight lines, the artist K_Van follows each line with a needle and embroidery thread and covers the canvas with straight lines using its precise starting and finishing points. Once the form is established he commences by painting in the mesh using different tones of colour.

the 1st Biennale of Santorini (with review)

exhibitions

My first recollection of Santorini was an article in the National Geographic around 1974. The colourful houses that seemed to be built one on top of the other, climbing the perilous steep cliffs like giant steps seemed beyond magic.

3 paintings about dreams 1997 (note this is not the work submitted)

It greatly inspired and fascinated me.  My second memory of Santorini were  nightmare events that I had in 1975. The houses that were built so steep up the cliffs were crumbling down, and I was in such a house, until I woke up shaken. These dreams would reoccur like a nightly TV episode for a week or so, with the plot developing and expanding.