DFA186: Hades, 2012,Photograph of cleared and stained multi-limbed pacific tree frog from Aptos, California in scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions. 2001
Brandon Ballengée’s works combine environmental biology, visual arts, social performance and ecological activism. His most recent project is Collapse: The Cry of Silent Forms, a response to “the global crisis of the world’s fisheries and the current threat for the unraveling of the Gulf of Mexico’s food-chain following the BP oil spill.” (showing currently at Ronald Feldman gallery in New York)
Past projects include The Ever Changing Tide and Malamp, (the Malformed Amphibian Project) in which the artist involved the public in a research program to catalogue mutations and malformations in frogs and other amphibians. Malamp brought together science, ecology and public awareness.
Ballengée’s work involves the public on multiple levels, encouraging people to actually take part in scientific research as well as become involved in environmental activism.
DFA18 Triton, 2001-7, Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
That turns and flies, 2010-12, Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York