Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory
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IAS/UCSC ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
December 2014 - November 2016

Over the course of two years, Russell was engaged in a collaborative residency co-organized by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) at UC Santa Cruz, the UC Lick Observatory, Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz (TASC), and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

The residency consisted of numerous trips to the Lick Observatory, the UCSC campus, and the San Jose ICA. Russell was given the great opportunity to use the telescopes at the Lick Observatory, with access to it's extensive archives, and to meet with UCSC scientists and students to gain insight into their cutting-edge research in Astrophysics. The residency inspired and informed Russell's resulting 2016 solo exhibition at the San Jose ICA.

LOOK BACK IN TIME: RUSSELL CROTTY AND LICK OBSERVATORY
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art | November 13, 2016 - February 26, 2017

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By the Great Refractor at the Lick Observatory,
Russell talks with Elinor Gates and Tony Misch.

Above, Paul Lynam giving Russell instruction on the use of the Great 36-inch Refractor. Below, with Paul at the controls of the Lick's 40-inch Nickel Telescope.
Making visual observations at the eyepiece of the Nickel telescope.
Tony Misch provides Russell with early astronomers' observing logs from the Lick's historical archive.

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The culmination of Russell’s IAS residency is an ambitious and intricate exhibition that explores space, time and history. In the field of astronomical observation, “lookback time” refers to the idea that the light reaching our telescopes has traveled from the depths of space – the greater the distance the light has traveled, the older the image – therefore showing us images from the past. This concept is carried through the exhibition in three parts:
  1. An installation of new work – based on scientific information gathered from and inspired by the IAS residency.
  2. A retrospective view of Russell’s career, offering a small selection of his previous astronomy related work.
  3. An extensive selection of historical artifacts, instruments, original astronomers' log books, photographs, and other historic objects from the Lick Observatory's collections and archive. Curated by Tony Misch and John Weber, and presented publicly for the first time, this display looks back in historical time to the emergence of astrophysics in the first decades of the Lick’s operation.

The installation of Russell's new site-specific work is based on current theories on the evolution of the universe. The piece takes the form of an engaging, walk-through environment that depicts an interpretation of a theoretical walk back in time, from the modern universe to the Big Bang. Multiple elements include backlit fabric scrims coated with bio-resin, embedded drawings, and sculptural objects. The scrims and sculptures represent scientific theories of astronomical events and phenomenon, such as galaxies, stars, exoplanets, black holes, filamentary web, super novae, cosmic dark ages and spectrum.

The exhibition's curatorial team includes:
John Weber | Founding Director of IAS
Cathy Kimball | Director of the San Jose ICA
Anthony Misch | retired Lick Observatory Astronomer & curator of Lick Observatory Archives

Conceptual and technical assistance on new installation work:
Laura Gruenther | Graphic Designer and Crotty Studio Manager

The exhibition and associated residency were funded by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the McEvoy Family Fund of the IAS, UC Santa Cruz’s Arts Division, and annual donors to the IAS and the ICA.

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Good Seeing
Art Ltd. cover story Jan/Feb 2017

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