Wonderful things go completely unnoticed when you
are walking down the street, looking at a leaf's surface, or even
excavating the tomb of a 3,000-year mummy. In "Micro Art"
Roberto Dabdoub, uses photomicrography to reveal splendor that cannot
be seen with the naked eye. "Many people don't realize there
is so much beauty under the microscope," says Dabdoub,
He combines a passion for the world around him and a background in
science with a desire to create, to point out what others miss. Dabdoub's
images include the ordinary, such as a leaf's surface or a scratch
on a CD, as well as the unusual, such as a dinosaur bone or a human
chromosome. In either case, Dabdoub is able to discover magnificence.
His unique vision yields a vividly abstract look into the world on
its smallest level.
Roberto Dabdoub is a pioneer of electro imaging, which works on the
principle of producing an image by passing high-voltage electricity
through an objects. This technology is a great breakthrough for science
and Dabdoub proves that it also is for art. His work is an interesting
examination of the relationship between art and science, a relationship
that, in this age of technological dominance, is evermore important.
About Roberto Dabdoub
Dabdoub's scientific interests include the use of high frequency
electricity and it effects in human and animals, cytogenetics,
cytology, electronics, digital imaging in photomicrography,
liquid crystallinity in biological systems, and the use
of molecular labeled probes in genetics. He has published
many scientific articles in these and other fields, including
AIDS and breast cancer. In 1978, he presented one of the
first scientific papers in the U. S demonstrating the effectiveness
of digital technology in photomicrography.
In film and video format,
Roberto Dabdoub's photomicrographs have appeared on the
CNN and TBS and Univision
television networks and his work has been the subject of
feature segments on ABC's "Good Morning
America", "CNN's News From Medicine", Univision
"Primer Impacto", TBS's "News From Medicine
and Ivanhoe News Series "Answers for American
Education", in addition to numerous local
stories from networks in the United States Europe and Latin-American.
His photographs have been featured and appeared on the covers
of hundreds scientific, technical, and popular periodicals
and he has written or been the subject of more than 150
articles on the subject of Art in Medicine in popular scientific
and photography magazines through the world including, National
Geographic, and the Copley News Service, with its
2000 newspapers worldwide.
Prints of Dabdoub's micrographs and creative black and white
images have been exhibited at over 30 locations including
The Smithsonian Institution, Lafayette Natural History Museum,
Caracas Museum of Bellas Artes and The New Orleans Museum
of Art. He have been Exhibited in a one-man show at The
Contemporary Arts Center, The Louisiana Nature and Science
Center, The Louisiana Wild Life and Fishery Museum and The
Louisiana World Fair. His work is represented in the permanent
collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
In addition, Dabdoub's photomicrographs
have been incorporated into a variety of products. The most
famous application of these images has been in Wemco's
series of designer neckties named "The
Micro Shots" collections. His images were
also included in Jesuis, 7TH Ave,
Oscar de la Renta, Wembley neckwear
collections. Sporting a variety of images taken under the
microscope. His name and the description of the product
were written on every necktie made. He donated all of his
profits to AIDS and cancer research.
(Wemco is one of the largest tie manufacturers in the World)
Dabdoub was on the staff of the Ochsner Clinic
Foundation for over 30 years. He was also
a writer for the New Orleans Times Picayune Sunday Magazine
where he wrote articles in Spanish and English. He pioneered
one of the first (major) newspaper columns written in Spanish
in the US
He recorded albums of Spanish classical poetry and plays
Jazz and classical violin in the New Orleans area.