Virtual to Real Seeds: Dreams of Spring, uses nature as model for designing phantasmagorical seeds. Imaginative artificial 3-D modeled seeds look at the evolved wisdom of plants and their ability to propagate by evolving to exploit wind, water and animal fur, to spread their genes. Seeds are the future of the plant and these works exist as models of future flowers possibly transgenic, yet to actually exist.  They are printed as Giclee prints produced at the Centro Portuguese de Serigraphia in October 2013. They are produced through research and study into the morphology of seeds and overall plant strategies.

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Bee Seed Giclee print on paper produced at Centro Portuguese de Serigraphia, Lisbon Portugal 2013. Invited by Joao Prates.

The incredible variety of plant form and the intriguing strategies they have come to utilize in spreading their genes are fascinating. As plants are rooted in the ground and cannot travel to spread their genes the seeds are an important evolutionary strategy for propagation and can be seen as the most precious of developments, as they carry the next generation within.

In researching seeds and reading widely I think The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants captures it perfectly with:

The seedings would have to compete for space, light, water and nutrients with the parent plant and their siblings; and they would probably also encounter other unfavorable conditions and hazards such predators and diseases, possibly already attracted by the parent plant. Traveling gives them the chance to colonize new sites, thus expanding the range of the species.

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Bee Seed Giclee print on paper produced at Centro Portuguese de Serigraphia, Lisbon Portugal 2013. Invited by Joao Prates.

In the end, the survival of not only the individual but of the entire species is dependent on the seed of reaching a suitable place of germination and establishment. Once ripe, a fruit has to somehow fulfill it true biological function, which is the dispersal of the seeds.The crucial role the fruits and seeds play in the life of a plant explains the great variety of dispersal strategies that plants have developed during the course of evolution. The strategies for dispersal – weather involving wind, water, animals and humans or an explosive force from the plant itself are reflected in a seemingly endless plethora of different colors, sizes and shapes.

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Bee Seed Giclee print on paper produced at Centro Portuguese de Serigraphia, Lisbon Portugal 2013. Invited by Joao Prates.

The works within this exhibition are conflations of animal form, natural lessons and methods that would carry the potential seed rendered in hyper-realistic transgenic fashion. Bee seed the form of the bee, the hairs of the bee leg imagined with the coloring of the bee. Other works suggest seeds intermingling with the formal aspects of human form. As an artist, I am interested in seeds as a strategy – I am obsessed with the idea; that technology is also a seed.

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Worm Seed Giclee print on paper produced at Centro Portuguese de Serigraphia, Lisbon Portugal 2013
Seed Series by Ken Rinaldo at The Opening Antonio Prates Gallery, Lisbon Portugal 2013
Seed Series by Ken Rinaldo at The Opening Antonio Prates Gallery, Lisbon Portugal 2013

It is a seed of knowledge, idea and behavior actualized and sometimes propagated in culture.

While it would be easy to for example look at all the negative technologies that have impacted our futures and who we are becoming, as an artist I have chosen to focus my energies, on creating real world solutions that plant ideas and real solutions to the future.

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Seed Series at LUMOS Gallery, Columbus Ohio, 2014

The Seed series in the Museum for Insects demonstrates one benefit of digital works which is scaleability.

Mini Seed Series on the wall by Ken Rinaldo at the Museum for Insects by Amy Youngs.
Mini Seed Series on the wall by Ken Rinaldo at the Museum for Insects by Amy Youngs.

Exhibitions:

Centro Portuguese de Serigraphia, Lisbon Portugal 2013
invited by the Antonio Prates Gallery and Joao Prates of CPS to produce this new series for an exhibition.
LUMOS GALLERY,                                                                       Columbus, Ohio           2014
Exhibition of Seed Series Prints, Augmented Fish Reality and Paparazzi Bots Invited by Kayla & Nick Davis
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM in THE MUSEUM OF CRICKETS                   Salem, MA, 2013
One-person exhibition of seed works and crickets sculptures exhibition in Amy Youngs Museum of Crickets.

Upcoming Exhibitions

CALDAS DA RAINA, MUSEU JOSE MALHOA,                                                      Portugal, April 2015
Works from the Seed Series Giclee prints curated by Joao Prates

Artist and director:

Ken Rinaldo

CREDITS/TECHNICAL

3D modeling: by Ken Rinaldo
Photography: Ken Rinaldo & Amy Youngs
Printing: Luis at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphi Lisbon Portugal

SHOW REQUIREMENT and DIMENSIONS

This work can be displayed with frames individually or in groups.
Sizes:

KEYWORDS

3D modeling, database, future city, Giclee prints, digital imaging, texture mapping

BIBLIOGRAPHY

http://www.shortnorth.org/gallery-spotlight-lumos-gallery 2/4 by Michelle Gibson
Umbigo Magazine, The Spring Dreams of Ken Rinaldo by Mariana Machado, 12/11/13

COLLECTIONS

MADEIRA MUSEUM The Collection of Norlinda and José Lima is housed at Núcleo de  2013
Arte of the Oliva Creative Factory of São João Portugal
The Antonio Prates Foundation
Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia
Christopher Summers

PURCHASE

krinaldo@hotmail.com

https://www.cps.pt/