Seminar Introduction

Hey, I’m Adrian.

I was born in the midwest, Iowa City, which is an awesome place to be a child. I got to snowshoe and cross country ski to school sometimes, and my friends’ houses were often left unlocked so that the neighborhood kids could rollick around with no supervision, just exploring together. I grew up in DC and NYC, which was a bit of a contrast. I studied modern dance, studio art, and neurobiology at University of Maryland, which is perhaps an atypical combination, but it’s what made sense to me.

I’ve always loved physical things: competitive archery, Kendo (traditional Japanese sword fighting), gymnastics, modern dance, and just getting outside to run straight down the side of a rocky mountain outcrop in order to feel what that feels like. I like movement and I like doing things. But I like to think about what I’m doing, be strategic, efficient and disciplined.

I love form. Because of that, I like to draw stuff, and I consider drawing to be a fundamental language. Luckily my parents gave me pens and paper at a young age, maybe this story is a fantasy but they tell me that my drawing and speaking skills developed at the same. It doesn’t feel like something I do, it feels like something that I am.

This is Eupatorus Gracilicornis, the five horned rhinoceros beetle.

Over the summer I challenged myself to draw every day a form that I had never deeply considered before. Insect exoskeletons are awesome for many reasons, but I found their forms particularly rewarding to draw. The geometry, movement, and variety made them an ideal subject.

I also particularly enjoy fireflies, I think there are few things lovelier than a cool summer evening with a glowing symphony of flying bioluminescence. But fireflies aren’t just interesting for the light they generate (although that is totally awesome) they’re fascinating creatures if you’re willing to dig into some of the details. I find that drawing different subjects rewards me by imprinting the knowledge into my nervous system deeply because drawing is a physical embodied practice, it requires more than just understanding and access to information.

So … that was a bit of a digression. While I worked as a choreographer, I did anatomic illustration and interactive projections on the side. Below is an image that I painted for a research paper on lungs, as well some interactive projections for a dance company that I have collaborated with over the years.

This is actually an illustration, I drew all the little bits on there.

I’m also an animator. I like moving and I like to make things move wonderfully, I think it’s critical. Here’s a thing I’m making right now:

Anyway, I’m excited to meet everyone in the cohort, I feel honored to be a member of the team. I’m looking forward to getting to work alongside all of you.

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