We use our senses to help us understand our position in space-time.
Vision is our main sensory input for the world we exist in. The human brain has
some built-in limits beyond which it cannot properly interpret visual information.
I use this limit to express the workings of the subconscious. Also embodied in my
work is a sense of scientific realism; the elements and information of a natural
system can be reduced and modulated and still exhibit characteristics of that natural
system and to me this is proof that information is a true and robust representation of
our universe. Clean lines, simple shapes, self-similarity on varying scales, and pure,
changing color are my palette; information systems and data-sets are my subject matter.
I use mathematics and engineering to formulate physical space-time distortions: displaying static
images through time while squeezing and folding the images’ space into 3-dimensional layers. Using
industrially prefabricated LED technology and custom firmware, I collapse space and re-map it onto
the time axis. By re-displaying information in this manner I give the viewer a glimpse into space-time
as seen through my eyes. It’s an automatism whereby I fold my own perception of space-time in an effort
to understand what it means to exist.
Born in Oakland in 1973. Works in Portland, OR.
Education: U.C. Davis: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2006
Foothill College: A.S. Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering, 2004
2016          Gradient, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
2015          Art Market, San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2014          Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
2014          Art Market, San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2014          Division, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
2012          Light : Space : Perception, Jellyfish Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017          Virtual Views, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2017          Virtual Views, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
2017          A Moon and Many Suns, Oregon Museum of Science and Innovation, Portland, OR
2017          Portland Winter Light Festival, Portland, OR
2017          Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
2017          Art Hack Day, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
2016          Lunar Attraction, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
2016          Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
2016          Art Market, San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2015          Front Yard Back Street, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2015          Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
2015          Luminous Flux v2.0, Art House, Santa Fe, NM
2013          -Vox Accendo-, Satellite66 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013          ArtSpan Preview Show, SoMArts, San Francisco, CA
2013          Megashear Ranch Resident Show, San Francisco, CA
2013          FnF festival, Upper Lake, CA
2012          TV of Tomorrow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2010          323 Gallery, Group Show, San Francisco, CA
Thoma Foundation, NM
Andy and Deborah Rappaport, SF
2017          Inside Out, Portland Winter Light Festival, with Jeff Schnabel and Jill Torberson
2015          Inverted Pixel Array -- NYC Street Sceen, with Jim Campbell
2013          The California Foundation for the Advancement of the Electronic Arts, San Francisco, CA
2012          Awesome Foundation Grant, San Francisco, CA
2008          Editor's Choice Award, MakerFaire, San Mateo, CA
Press and Publications
"Moon as Muse: Centuries of Artistic Interpretations of Earth’s Mysterious Satellite", Hyperallergic, March 13, 2017
"The Future of Electronic Art", by Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Knoxveille Mercury, Febuary 8, 2017
"LEDs and Carved Aluminum Create a Swirling, Reflective Moon", by Mike Steyels, Creators Project, June 7, 2016
"'Front Yard/Backstreet' frames cityscapes as fine art", by Eric Huang, The Stanford Daily, October 7, 2015
“'Division' by Craig Dorety at Johansson Projects,” by Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 2014
““Craig Dorety: Division: Light animation sculptures inspired by ocular migraines that examine our visual limits,” by Nara Shin, Cool Hunting, April 18, 2014
“Craig Dorety exhibits Layers and Light at Johansson Projects,” by Max Eternity, Art Digital Magazine, April 30, 2014
"Inspiration: Division, Exposing the senses to light and technology", Professional Lighting Design Magazine, issue 93, page 8, May 2014
7 Electrons Artist Interview - Craig Dorety
boingboing.net -- Lunar topography replicated in gorgeous fine art carvings
createdigitalmotion.com -- Nature, Through a Window: Moon, Fire, Water, in Light and Engravings
Make Blog -- Kromatron MIDI-tar controller
Make Blog -- 1000 year egg is a noise-synth artifact
createdigitalmusic.com -- 1000 Year Egg: Strange Soundmaker as Imaginary Artifact
Make Blog -- Komegatone synth-in-a-suitcase
Matrixsynth -- Komegatone
VJTV -- Frankenmixer! (DiY DJ/VJ Mixer)
Music Radar -- Man creates musical egg, Bizarre invention sounds a little scrambled
2013          FnF, Upper Lake, CA
2009          Pick A Card, Oakland, CA
2009          LoveTech, San Francisco, CA
2008          Icarus Facundai Willoughby Loft, Brooklyn NY
2008          Sequential Circus, Vancouver B.C.
2007          Club Whisper, San Francisco, CA
2002          Club Bas, San Francisco, CA
2002          26Mix, San Francisco, CA
of California at Davis
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering June 2006
Focus in mechanical design with emphasis in automation and control
Extracurricular participation in Challenge X (Hybrid Vehicle
Lab Technician: Materials Performance
A.S. in Mathematics, Engineering, and
Physics June 2004
Completed NASA internship in Project Management and Program Controls
Certified in Music Technology August 1995-1997
Madison Square Park, NYC June 2010 – Feb 2011 (~$250,000)
Under the direction of Jim Campbell, developed an array of 1700 customized light
bulbs. Saved over a million Watt-Hours by converting regular incandescent bulbs to
• Over 1700 individually-addressable pixel-bulbs formed an abstract video
• 30,000 solder joints and over 6 miles of wire.
• Reengineered the common Edison bulb.
-- In other words, we took apart standard light bulbs and replaced the glass
stem and filament with our own PCB and LEDs.
• Over 100 unique components.
• Supervised team of 12 people and heavy equipment for two weeks on-site.
• 3 simultaneous large-scale projects.
• Extensive Design and Prototyping phase.
Lights on Market St, San Francisco, Nov 2010 – July 2011 (~$100,000)
Rapid 1-month turnaround on a custom large-scale LED array for display as part of
an SF Art Commission project to re-enliven a few blocks of Market St.
• Over 4000 individually-addressable LEDs form a custom gray-scale video
wall inside two large windows at 1119 Market St.
• Over 40,000 solder joints.
• Design of Precision custom Jigs and Process Engineering.
San Diego Airport, Currently in development (~$2,200,000)
Long term project to be completed 2013. Approximately 40,000 LEDs will illuminate
the new terminal at the San Diego Airport with moving imagery.
Extensive personal project experience
I’ve spent countless hours creating and fabricating a variety of devices including midi
controllers, synthesizers, light sculptures and various visual arts pieces. Please take a
look at http://craigdorety.com . There you will find pictures, videos, and information
about my projects.
Technical Project Manager
White Light Inc. (for Jim Campbell) 2007 – Present
Design and fabricate electromechanical prototypes
Supervise assembly of large electronic assemblies
Source materials, manage subcontractors
Manage and supervise worldwide installations of custom electronics
Test Engineer (contract)
Tesla Motors, 2007
Design and fabricate test apparatus for vehicle components
Modify mechanical drafts for inclusion release documents
Design Visionaries October 2006 - 2007
3D CAD design, Unigraphics NX4, SolidWorks.
Detailed engineering drawings, NX4, SolidWorks.
Acquire components and manage vendor accounts.
Fabricate prototype components and test fixtures
Mech. & Aero. Engineering Dept., UC Davis, Material Performance
Laboratory June 2005 – June 2006
Wire EDM operation for precise machining
and manufacture of precision testing fixtures
collection and analysis
of results in both written and oral presentations
Use of CAD and CAM
NASA/AMES internship graduate
NASA April 2002 – August 2003
Assistance to a lead project scheduler in the creation, modification
and upkeep of vital NASA Biological Research Project scheduling
Creation of an extensive report on project scheduling tools
Support for a lead program controls officer in the creation,
modification and upkeep of vital financial document
nFX Interactive September 1995-1997; August 1998-1999
of complex cartoon faces, via specialized vector graphic
Responsible for testing software and submitting bug reports
Dynamix inc.August 1997-August 1998
and editing of textures and landscape in a complex 3D terrain
Shockwave.com HTML engineer (contract) July 2000
Creation of all pertinent title and text imagery and corresponding HTML
Guru.com HTML Guru (contract) February 2000 - July 2000. Generation
cross-browser and cross-platform HTML pages