(art)n Artists: 

Stephan Meyers, Ellen Sandor and Craig Ahmer, (art)n

Collaborative Artists: 

Aileen Alvarado-Swaisgood, Keith Baumruck, and Don Washecheck, Amoco Corporation

Jeffrey Tilson and James Harrison, Michigan State University

Mike Krogh and Jeffrey Thingvold, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Virtual Photograph


Cibachrome, Kodalith, Plexiglas


Virtual Photography PHSColograms, Gahlberg Gallery: The Arts Center, College of DuPage, DuPage, IL, November 25, 1994–December 20, 1994

Sony Gallery, Chicago, IL, February 4, 1993–May 28, 1993

IMAGES DU FUTUR '92, Montréal, Canada, May 15, 1992–September 20, 1992

Science in Depth traveling show:

ACM SIGGRAPH, Chicago, IL, July 1992–August 1992

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, December 1991–July 1992

Computer Museum, Boston, MA, February-September 1991

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, November 1990–January 1991

Feature, New York, NY, December 4, 1990


Amoco Corporation

Explora, Germany

various private collectors



Virtual Photography PHSColograms, Gahlberg Gallery: The Arts Center, College of DuPage catalogue

Henderson, Harold, "Art or Science?" (article), Chicago Reader, August 16, 1991, pp. 1-21

Beyond 2000, international syndication, Sydney, Australia, Summer 1991 (video)

Csuri, Charles A., "Science in Depth" (article), IEEE Computer Graphics and applications, March 1991, pp. 10-12

Science in Depth catalogue, NASA Ames, Computer Musuem & Museum of Science and Industry

NASA Ames Science in Depth video documentary

CNN, Cable Network News, "Science and Technology" international syndication, 1990 (video)

Wild Chicago, local syndication 1990 (video)


We are usually taught that an electron is like a small ball, or like a tiny planet orbiting the nucleus of an atom. However, today's chemists and physicists often consider the electrons around an atom to be something like a gas, or the atmosphere around a planet. When two atoms get near one another, they begin to share electrons, so that this gas flows from one atom to another. In this image, an atom of chromium (Cr) is meeting an atom of Chlorine (Cl), forming the molecule Chromium Chloride (CrCl+). At each point around the forming molecule, electrons are either leaving (red), arriving (blue), or staying the same (green). The colored surfaces contour are "isosurfaces," much like the isobars on a weather map.