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Stephen Fairfield


Stephen Fairfield is a full-time artist with some 35 years experience. For the past 11 years he has been focused on creating new media and steel public art sculptures. He has public art creations in San Diego, Sonoma, and Palm Desert CA, Green Bay, WI, Tucson, AZ, Champaign-Urbana, IL and Lancaster, PA. His goal is sculpture that makes participants from observers and creates dynamic tension and motion. Materials used include electronic technology, light emitting diodes, plastics/resins, polycarbonate diffraction gratings, aluminum, stainless and carbon steel, and cement. He creates both solar powered and grid-tied new media art, of impressionistic and abstract expressions: heroic creatures, standing or suspended abstract forms of highly polished aluminum cylinders, stainless steel spheres and planes that incorporate light, color, motion & reflectivity.

In general with his sculptures he seeks to make a statement about the natural environment, the impact of humans on the world, or directions culture has taken or is moving towards. Originally trained in the Biomedical Sciences, he received a Ph.D in molecular biology and biochemistry, and served a postdoctoral fellowship at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, NJ (1971-73). In addition to his scientific career he has managed numerous programs in human services (with annual budgets ~$200K USD), been the Associate Director for Leaders for Global Operations, a manufacturing program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (annual budget ~ $9M USD), and been responsible for resource development in southeastern Arizona for the Arizona Community Foundation.

Recent Relevant Projects

Batty Biker is the first in a series of whimsical bat and bike sculptures funded by Pima County, of Arizona bats riding bicycles – in this case a recumbent bike. April 2015

Freedom by Stephen Fairfield, in “A Show of Hands” Sculpture Exhibition; sponsored by the University of Arizona Medical Center at the Behavioral Health Pavilion Gallery. November 3, 2014 – Jan 30, 2015;

The Hangout, extensive array of contemporary seating installation areas and steel louvered shade awnings, with new media lighting for City of Goodyear, AZ Library; new media electronics, shotcrete, steel, July, 2014. In Progress

Batty Biker, monumental sculpture of a bat riding a recumbent bicycle, for signature sculpture at bat viewing location on “the Loop” bicycle-pedestrian trail, Tucson, AZ; carbon steel; commissioned by Pima County; June, 2014. Steel. In Progress

Afternoon Knowledge, monumental literary-themed sculpture of an open book, angled pen, inkwell with Robert Frost quote: “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected” for La Posada Life Care Community, August, 2014. Fiberglass, steel. In Progress

Blue River Rainbow, a monumental, interactive, 18’ high sculpture of a Rainbow Trout leaping out of the water; Town of Silverthorne, CO, 2013 , solar powered, new media, stainless steel, concrete, LEDs, In Progress.

Glory Pipes 2.0, a monumental, interactive 20’ high New Media Public Art sculpture; Public Art League, Champaign-Urbana, IL, November, 2013

Revolutions of Brandon Park, a monumental, interactive, solar powered New Media Public Art sculptural installation in Brandon Park; City of Lancaster, PA. Stainless steel, concrete, new media electronics, LEDs. February, 2013

Ask The Fish, a monumental, 13’ high, fiberglass and holographic film sculpture; El Paseo Invitational Exhibition, Palm Desert, CA. Steel, fiberglass, holographic film. November, 2012.

The Spirit of Southern Arizona, a monumental, interactive, solar powered New Media Public Art sculpture; Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona. Stainless steel, concrete, ceramic, electronics, LEDs. April, 2012.

Interactive Immersion, an interactive New Media Public Art sculptural installation in a 112’ pedestrian tunnel in downtown Green Bay, WI. Steel, electronics, LEDs. July, 2011.

The Colorful Cubic Calliope, New Media interactive sculptural environment for the 28th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival, Glendale, Arizona – April, 2011.

Tully Ranch gated entryway, 25’W x 14’H x 6’D welded steel and cast concrete solar powered entryway, private commission, Saint David, AZ, May, 2011.

Water is Essential to Life Requires Water…, a monumental, site-specific water garden ecologically-themed sculpture, Sonoma, CA – June, 2010

Celebrating Thelonious Monk, interactive (public fabricates) monumental bust of Thelonious Monk, for , Glendale, Arizona’s 27th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival, 2010. Steel, diffraction gratings, plexiglass, steel wool.

Frog for Dinner, a 14’ H x 11’ L x 6’ W monumental sculpture of a Sandhill Crane catching a frog; Green Bay, WI – July, 2009; rod & perforated steel

Tailwalking Suncatcher, 14’ T x 17’ L x 5’ W monumental sculpture, steel, plexiglass, diffraction gratings, Port of San Diego, CA August, 2008

Patrick Marcus, PhD.

Patrick Marcus received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Neurosciences from the University of Arizona. His dissertation research focused on developing innovative psychophysical mapping functions, e.g. mathematical representations of translation between various sensory modalities (i.e. touch, vision, auditory intensity). He has significant background experience in neural recording and representation methods (EMG, EKG, ECG, MRI), neural networks, and statistical learning paradigms. His strong knowledge of neural encoding, vision systems (brain based and machine based), and brain-based visual encoding and decoding within the visual cortex was highly useful for basic brain science research in the Neural Systems Memory and Aging Laboratory (NMSA) at the University of Arizona, run by world-renowned neuroscientists (previously, by Dr. Bruce McNaughton, and currently, by Dr. Carol Barnes). At present he is the Electrical Engineering Director at General Plasma Inc., where among other responsibilities he has managed multiple $20M solar manufacturing line installations, and regularly manages the creation, design, prototyping and manufacturing of $100-300K custom equipment projects.

Work Experience

May 2005 – Current: Solar Sculptures, Director of Engineering; Lead the conception, design, and construction of advanced industrial grade sensing, lighting and solar solutions for long term outdoor high impact sculptures. Designs leverage state of the art LED and psychophysical algorithms to generate unique low power environmentally responsible interactive art.

April 2011 – Current: Marcus Engineering, LLC, President; Tightly knit engineering team leveraging advanced technologies. Medical Electronics and Instrumentation design. Prototype development

June 2008 – June 2011: General Plasma Subsidiary: MC Power Systems Inc., VP Engineering

October 2000 – June 2011: General Plasma Inc., Director of Electrical Engineering

Sculpture Projects

July 01: Frankenmuth, MI; selected to exhibit in the Fall In…Art and Sol Solar Sculpture Exhibition; 09.28-10.31.13

June 14: Champaign-Urbana, IL Public Art League 24 month Sculpture Exhibition; selected to exhibit new media sculpture

May 30: Finalist, City of Barrington, RI, Police Cove Park; newly renovated harborside park seeking new media sculpture with marine theme.

May 17: Commission, Town of Silverthorne, CO to create Blue River Rainbow, a monumental, 18’ high,solar powered, new media, stainless steel sculpture of a Rainbow Trout leaping out of the water;sculpture to be located adjacent to the intersection of I-70 and Routes 6 and 9.

May 1: Finalist, Cherry Creek Arts Festival’s Call for Innovation – Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge;explore the role of electronics in art five years from now; sponsor: Arrow Electronics, Englewood, CO

March 25: Finalist: Central Oregon Community College Science Building new media installation.

August 13: Commission: City of Lancaster, PA to create a monumental solar New Media Public Art sculptural installation in Brandon Park. Installation: 02.19.13

May 7: Finalist for Cedar Rapids City Convention Center: Focal 3D Installation, Cedar Rapids, IA

November 30: Commission: Tucson International Airport to create a Solar New Media Public Art Sculpture commemorating Arizona’s 100th year of Statehood. Dedication 04.25.12

September 5: Finalist for 2 public art sculptures in Dunbar Spring Neighborhood, Tucson, AZ

February 3: Commission, City of Green Bay, WI to create Interactive Immersion. Worked with Green Bay Neighborhood Leadership Council.

January 11: Commission, City of Glendale, AZ, to create a new media interactive sculptural environment – The Colorful Cubic Calliope – >for their 28th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival (04/8-10/2011).

Awarded: The Open Wall Itovation Competition 2nd Prize – $2000 – for new media art Light Canvas concept, by Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Exhibition: Cedarhurst Biennial Sculpture Competition and Maquette Juried Exhibition (08/9-10/19), Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, Mt. Vernon, IL. Celestial Spheres suspended sculpture maquette with working electronics.

2004 Winner, Gateway to Las Vegas Design Competition

Recipient, Harvest Works, Artist in Residency, to support development of The Brooklyn Pigeon Project

Arnada/Lasch

Benjamin Aranda

Master of Architecture , Columbia University; B.A. in Architecture U.C. Berkeley

Chris Lasch

Master of Architecture, Columbia University; B.S. in Architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana

Relevant Projects

The White Oak Project, Permanent public art and furniture installation with Matthew Ritchie, US Food and Drug Administration. In Progress.

Reconfigurable, Public furniture installation for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Phoenix, AZ, December 2013.

Primitives (This could be an extraordinary find), Interactive sculpture with Casey Reas, Bitforms Gallery, New York, NY, September – October, 2013.

The Morning Line, Sound pavilion with Matthew Ritchie, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany. September, 2013.

Modern Primitives, Public furniture installation, Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

Rules of Six, Commissioned installation for Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Feburay – May 2008.

Color Shift, Large-scale public video installation, Long Island City, Queens, NY, February 2007

Awards

2013
Winner, Banquet Hall and Spectacle Hall International Competition, Libreville, Gabon. Organized by Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux, Gabon

2012
Recipient, 2012 Howard A. Friedman Fellowship in Architecture, UC Berkeley

2009
Recipient, 2009 AA|FAB Award, for innovation in design & fabrication

2008
Recipient, United States Artists Grant, Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch selected as 2007 Target Fellows in Architecture and Design

2007
Winner, Young Architects Award, Architectural League, New York

2006
Recipient, Graham Foundation Grant for “Baskets: Rules of Exchange”

2005
Recipient, NYSCA Architecture Independent Projects Grant for “Baskets: Rules of Exchange”

Finalist, 2005 MoMA / P.S.1 Young Architects Program

Winner, Redford Gardens International Garden Festival, selected to design and install a temporary garden installation

Winner, Pamphlet Architecture No. 27 Competition for Tooling

Recipient, ACADIA Conference Research Grant for Computational Weaving

2004
Winner, Gateway to Las Vegas Design Competition

Recipient, Harvest Works, Artist in Residency, to support development of The Brooklyn Pigeon Project