Curtis Bracher

Project and Bio information for West-Coast Artist, Curtis Bracher


Natural Systems Interactivity

My work explores with interactive art installations that develop hybrid ecologies using sensors, reactive forms and spaces, natural growing processes, and biological growth systems within the natural world. Using Art+Science practice as a platform to hack complex social, biological and machine-based intelligences illuminates and amplifies a complex relationship to our world. That inter-relationship intertwines a beautiful symbiosis and an agency of change. My goal is to see as an emergent world sees, rather than preserving a sense of self-reflexivity.


Experimental Drawing

Together with these more connective and external approaches of my 3D interactive work, my drawing practice continues to aim for more intimate questions. I still strive to draw passionately and expressively (especially in the Portraits) however, most of the drawings act as an organizer of sorts. An explanation, a reflection, an understanding, these drawings are the remnants of exploration into a possible futeue. I’m trying to interrogate connections within and comparing them to an active relationship with the world.

When the drawing process is working, I’m reveling in learning. See in the work a foundation in Experimentation, Process, Chance, Divergence, Perception, Movement as a Time-based sensory input, Contrast, and Interaction In every piece a curious reflection of natural processes and our connection to them.




Untitled (Bark)

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Standing Bears


Standing Bears

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Work that is up for display in an exhibition

Two Friends with Flowers

Two Friends with Flowers

San Diego Community College

San Diego Community College


Faculty - Group Show


2022. Current Work in Progress. Series of Terrarium-like, Organic-shaped Pods that will house “Old Growth” Temperate forest floor including various types of Mycelium. Controllable via sensors that will read both conditions and measure or amplify the biological and electrical exchanges between the mycelium and the other Flora within the space. As they share and speak. Looking for exchange and interaction.

The resluts will be feed into a neural network providing visual details that will control my next set of drawings.

Mycelium Pods

ONGOING discussions

Experimental Drawing and Motion

Motion as the purpose exploration of drawing. The "thickening" of experience as information gatherers.

Multi-sensorial Interactivity

Within the mysterious comfort of darkness, is our nourishing decay. Mycorrhizal organisms form a mutually dependent beneficial relationship with the roots of host plants, ranging from trees to grasses. “Myco” means mushroom, “rhizal” means roots. The collection of filament of cells that grow into a mushroom body is called the mycelium. The mycelia of these mycorrhizal mushrooms can form an exterior sheath covering the roots of plants and are called ecto-mycorrhizal. When they invade the interior of the root cells of host plants they are called endomycorrhizal. In either case, both organisms benefit from this association. Plant growth is accelerated. The resident mushroom mycelium increases the plant’s absorption of nutrients, nitrogenous compounds, and essential elements (phosphorous, copper, and zinc). By growing beyond the immediate root zone, the mycelium channels and concentrates nutrients from afar. Plants with mycorrhizal fungal partners can also resist diseases far better than those without.