Kevin Box grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, beneath “the tree that escaped the crowded forest,” Frank Lloyd Wright’s only built skyscraper. Throughout high school Box studied graphic arts and apprenticed summers at his uncle’s design firm in Atlanta Georgia. Box received a four year scholarship to study graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Following his sophomore year, an Art History grant took him to Greece for three weeks, providing him the opportunity to see some of the great antiquities of the world first hand. The experience forever changed him, “I realized that all of my graphic design work was ending up in the landfill as trash and I discovered the durability of dialogue that continues through the history of art and I wanted to be a part of that conversation.”
That decision afforded him the freedom of experimentation. Ignited with inspiration, a full service studio to work in and a treasure trove of paper found in the warehouse of an old print shop the foundry was renting, he started working with paper again. “It took two years of tireless experimentation for me to develop the process of casting paper into bronze, another seven years to perfect, and it continues to evolve today.”
From the beginning, Box’s work received recognition from other artists and collectors alike. His unique style married paper with the age old tradition of bronze casting and refreshed audiences. In 2004, he was elected as the youngest member of the National Sculptors Guild and was recognized by Southwest Art Magazine as one of the top 21 artists under 31 in the southwest. Box exhibited throughout the country on a vigorous schedule of festival shows that provided him with valuable feedback and direct communication to thousands of connoisseurs and collectors. He discovered the art markets of the country and professional galleries that wanted exclusive representation of his work. He continued pursuing art in public places throughout the country and in 2006, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kevin and Jennifer Box currently reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Box continues to push the boundaries of the casting process. His unique style and approach, combined with an innovative vision like no other, contributes to his aspiration of place within 21st Century Art History. See his many sculptural creations on his website.
As long as Amy Lamb can remember, she always loved plants. She grew up in Birmingham, Michigan where collecting and preserving flowers was a summer hobby. Amy graduated from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Biology and a passion for the scientific beauty of the natural world. Through her research at the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Amy’s appreciation for biological structures and their processes matured.
The experience of raising a family stimulated Amy’s reflection on children’s seemingly simple questions about nature like:
- Why do vines curl?
- How do plants transport water to their leaves?
- Why are hairs found on some plants and not on others?
With innate curiosity and a deep desire to more fully understand the natural world, Amy carefully observed plants and increasingly became aware of structural similarities in forms found in nature. The spirals of emerging fern fronds, the layers of petals in blossoms, branched veins in leaves, and the radial and bilateral symmetries of daisies and orchids are both structurally significant and aesthetically intriguing. The beauty of botanical design reveals the close relationship of science and art.
With a growing interest in gardening, Amy cultivated a variety of plants, from sun lovers to shade seekers, from wildflowers to cultivars. Seeking to communicate their beauty Amy studied photography. She visually connected the forms observed in her flowers to forms throughout the universe: spiral galaxies, branching rivers, layered rock formations, beautifully symmetrical organisms, and more. The focus of her art is to reveal this relationship.
With photography Amy creates large, colorful floral portraits as well as small, intimate views to celebrate and share the magnificent beauty of nature.
In watching the flower of a Columbine develop from its early springtime bud to its bloom, Amy likened this unfurling to the creation of an organic origami blossom. Connecting with Robert J. Lang brought this conceptual vision to reality in their first collaborative piece: folding a print of Columbine I, by Amy Lamb into Columbine, Opus 635, by Robert Lang. This was like a beautiful recursive creation, as Robert named the series of flowers that Robert and Amy create.
Amy Lamb’s photographs can be viewed on her website.
Thomas C. Hull
Thomas Hull, an Associate Professor of mathematics at Western New England University, is considered an expert on origami mathematics as well as an accomplished paper folder. He has written origami instruction books, numerous origami-math research papers, and authored Project Origami (AK Peters/CRC Press), a book on encorporating the mathematics of paper folding into college-level math classes. He received his Ph.D. in graph theory from the University of Rhode Island, and his research papers on origami-math were helpful in generating interest in the subject during the 1990s. He has been invited to speak on origami-math to audiences all over the USA as well as Japan, Puerto Rico, and Europe. His most popular origami creations are the PHiZZ unit, which has infected the fingers of procrastinators world-wide, and the Five Intersecting Tetrahedra model, which was voted by the British Origami Society as one of the top 10 origami models of all time.
Ray Schamp integrates his interests in mathematics, science, and art through his work with origami corrugations. Corrugations are pleated paper sculptures, distinct from other forms of origami because the entire sheet of paper is displayed partially unfolded, with every crease visible in the final model. Recently Ray has been exploring digital design and fabrication as a way to expand his origami practice to wood, 3D printing and other materials. When not folding, he is at the MIT Media Lab as the engineering lead for Scratch, a visual programming language and online community for children.