Inspiration from Viktor Deak

August 20, 2009

Anyone who’s as excited about the union between science and art as I am should certainly browse and appreciate the work of NY-based paleoartist, Viktor Deak.

Viktor Deak's Lucy

Viktor Deak's Lucy

I discovered his work after reading this blogpost, and was thoroughly impressed not only by his work, but also by the attention and publicity it has received. Now an internationally renowned paleoartist, Deak’s long list of collaborators includes many big names, institutions and companies.

For more info / content, click the following links:

interview w/ NY Times

Viktor Deak’s Portfolio

panorama of Deak’s studio


Spring Promo Campaign 2009

March 31, 2009

This week marks the launch of my Spring Promo Campaign for 2009; yesterday was spent composing various compilations for representation and exposure across the continent. I had hoped to have my new website layout completed and functioning before April; unfortunately, it will now be pushed back, hopefully uploaded within the next week or two (depending on workload). In the meantime, here are some of the promo image compilations for your visual enjoyment. Click on any one of them to access categorically selected works from my portfolio website.

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mattdanko_medical_promo

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mattdanko_technical_promo

mattdanko_product_promo


yes, another show this month

June 4, 2008

I have just submitted an interpretive piece for another show/event later this month in Toronto!
For those interested, details are as follows:

Get Moist” – Summer Solstice Party with Rynecologist New Look and DVAS

Event Info
Host:
MOIST BEAVER magazine
Type:Music/Arts – Opening

Time and Place
Start Time:Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 8:00pm
End Time:Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 2:00am
Location:
Whippersnapper Gallery
Street:587A College Street (just west of bathurst)
City/Town:Toronto, ON

1. “Summer Solstice” Juried Art show – featuring over 20 awesome artists. The art show will begin at 8, so come early and get in Cheeeeap! Also come early for Free snacks!

2. Super Sweet Summer Dance Party @ 10:30 – Live music from New Look, then Dj sets by DVAS and Headlining for the night is Rynecologist throwing down a really fun and fresh set to keep you real moist all night!

3. Last but not least of course, Pick up your copy of Moist issue 02 “T-shirts Sneakers & Sunnies” featuring over 60 pages of superbly moist content, for only 5$

5$ before 10p.m., 10$ After 10p.m.

The “Get Moist – Summer Solstice Party” is going to be Packed/Fun/Fresh& certainly Moist, so don’t miss out on some awesome Toronto Fun to celebrate the Summer Solstice!

www.moistbeavermagazine.com
http://www.whippersnapper.ca/


next show

June 1, 2008

Yesterday I drove into Hamilton to visit my old Art Teacher, Ms. Silvia D’Agruma, to catch up on over five years of life and to drop off some technical/scientific/medical illustration pieces for an upcoming show at the Hamilton Artists Inc. Gallery. It is always refreshing to reunite with like-minded people from your past… something which I’ve been doing a lot of lately.
Below are the details, posted for your eager, beady little eyeseses.

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY JUNE 28TH,2008. AT 7PM. – 10PM.
LOCATION: HAMILTON ARTISTS INC. 161 JAMES ST. NORTH HAMILTON ON.
CLOSING RECEPTON: FRIDAY JULY 12, 2008.

Also, today I managed to read on the beach and earn my first real sunburn of 2008.
Pink never felt so damn goooooooood.


one hundred per-cent

May 24, 2008

FINALLY, after its initial launch, the News portion of my website is now operational, meaning that the site itself is complete.

I have also included two previous 2006 posts from my former blog: a book review and a short video link.

Thank you for your continuing interest, and please visit again soon.


Halley’s comet is going to hit Iowa… in about 3 or 4 million years.

July 7, 2006

I am currently rereading (as well as occasionally listening via audiobook) to Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything.” primarily a science and history based book, this work is a phenomenal piece of literature, not only for its factual and interesting content, but for its ability to clearly convey and illustrate intimidating concepts (that would otherwise be lost on many readers) through modernized examples and comparisons. Although I have only listened to half of the book, I have already learned more in just over two hours than I have during the entire summer. Already the book has covered topics ranging from physics to quantum physics to astrophysics, biology and chemistry, geology and geography, entomology, cartography, archeology, astronomy, mathematics, philosophy, radiology and palaeontology (just to name a few that readily come to memory). It is full of astounding facts and information about many interesting and incredible scientific fields, and deals with the discoveries, failures, legacies and conflicts of such famous figures as Pythagoras, Newton,read Cavendish, Marie Curie, Einstein, Bertrand Russel and Stephen Hawking.

Interesting fact derived from the text:

Were another planet capable of supporting sentient alien life, similar to our own existence, it would have to be based on a planet postulated to be at least 200 light years away. This means that, assuming this alien race were (right this minute) able to view our species upon this planet, they would actually be watching what we refer to as the 17th or 18th century, because of the spatial lag in light travel between locations. It would take centuries of viewing for them to reach what we would presume to call the ‘present.’

This phenomenon also means that in turn, were we to discover the same thing on a planet far, far away, that the effect would, of course, be the same for our viewing. This applies not only to planets, but to stars… which entails that any given star visible at night from anywhere on earth could, in fact, be long dead. The last rays of light emanating from its hypothetical death toward your eyes would still take an astounding journey through time and space to reach you, depending on its distance from your position. The North Star, for example, is about 680 light years away, according to Bryson’s research. Thus, if it were to burn out today, it’s death would go unnoticed until around the year 2700.

Interestingly enough, that also means that the North Star could have burned out sometime in the 14th century, and we just haven’t realized it yet.

Nuggets of grand information and knowledge such as this are contained within this piece of literature. It is a thinking book, and gets you wondering about tangents that lead you past imagination and wonder, and into the fantastically endless and insane realm of science.

Obviously, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys both the scientific mystery and the tragedy of history… as well as an inspiring read.