Based in Los Angeles, Tristan Duke has a background in photography and holography, and a deep interest in the science of optics and visual perception. Since 2008 he has been pioneering the development of hand-drawn holography as a creative medium.
A true artist-inquirer, Duke’s work makes interesting connections to numerous research threads throughout the Exploratorium. We are currently exploring potential areas of overlapping interest with the hope of supporting him in new areas of investigation.
Duke's individual work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Art Villa Garikula, Georgia; The Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles; MASS MoCA, North Adams; and Holocenter, Long Island City, NY.
Duke is a founding member of the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio, along with Lauren Bon and Richard Nielsen. With the Optics Division, Duke's collaborative work has been presented in exhibitions at DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Les Rencontres d'Arles, France; The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn, Washington DC.
Duke moved his studio, Infinity Light Science, to Los Angeles in 2010. He is a fellow at the Museum of Jurassic Technology.