Intersecting Methods 2016 Profile: Deborah Cornell

This is the sixth post in a series to introduce the participating printmakers and their collaborators for the 2016 edition of the Intersecting Methods Portfolio. Every two weeks, into mid-December, a new profile of a collaborative pair will be posted. This segment profiles Deborah Cornell, Chair of Printmaking at Boston University and her collaborator, Erik Brisson.

Deborah Cornell PhotoDeborah Cornell

Deborah Cornell is Chair of Printmaking at Boston University.  Her installations, prints, and 3D virtual reality are shown internationally. Solo exhibitions include Dubai, Istanbul, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Reykjavik, Venice, New York, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Krakow Poland, Novosibirsk Biennial Russia, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Chicago, Cuba, India, Bulgaria, Australia. Collections include Hangzhau Academy, Sakimi Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, RISD Museum, Purdue University Museums, Boston Public Library, IBM, RMIT Melbourne and others.

Cornell’s honors include the Grand Prix of the Krakow Print Triennial 2016 and a Bunting Fellowship from Harvard, as well as support from the  Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Deya Majorca Archeological Foundation, and residencies including ProyectoACE Buenos Aires and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. She has published articles in Grapheion (Czech Republic), Contemporary Impressions (Atlanta GA), the College Book Arts Association Journal, and others and her work is featured in in Printmaking Today and 60 Years of North American Prints.

Erik Brisson photoErik Brisson

Erik Brisson is a Research Scientist and Visiting Scholar at the Boston University Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, and a Developer and Technology Advisor for nTopology, Inc., in New York City.  He has served as a Graphics Programmer, Research Scientist, and as Associate Director of the Boston University Scientific Computing and Visualization Group; has been Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Amherst College and Wellesley College; and has worked with startups on systems for airborne laser-based mapping, collaborative online virtual worlds, neuromorphic navigation, and next-generation material design. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT, an M.A. in Mathematics from UC San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Erik Brisson uses computational geometry to analyze and visualize scientific data. He has collaborated with scientists, engineers, anthropologists, physicians, musicians, and visual artists on a diverse set of projects.  Examples include investigating the fine-scale 3D structure of lava, meteor trail dynamics in the ionosphere, turbulence in rocket turbines, 3D forest structure from LIDAR data, exposure therapy for fear of flying and other phobias, posture and gait of Parkinson’s patients, and interactive virtual galleries using multi-channel sound localization, stereoscopic displays, and motion tracking.



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