Dennis Doyle is an interdisciplinary researcher exploring queer ecologies of waste, atmospheric chemistry, and multisensory installation. Their work has been exhibited around the country, including Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Colorado. They have been nationally recognized for their scholarly work, including the Beinecke Scholarship and scientific publications such as Nanophotonics and ACS Optics. A Pittsburgh native, they completed a BA in Studio Arts and BS in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, they are a graduate student at CU Boulder pursuing a MFA in Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice and is the artist in residence at the Brakhage Center for Media Arts.
Brimstone: burning rock. This historical name of the sulfur pinpoints the flammable nature of the element. The crystalline solid catches fire quickly, burning bright blue as it reacts with oxygen to give off sulfur oxide compounds into the air. Sulfur too burns the back of the throat, lungs, and eyes in its form of gaseous hydrogen sulfide, H2S. Brim-air: H2S quickly goes from smelling of eggs to odorless as increases in concentration, moving from a burning sensation to a lack of consciousness. People suffering from exposure to H2S note moving through the world in a state of fog, a chemical pixelation of their daily life.
Through multi-sensory installations, I am investigating how our sense of self and sense of environment is changed through intimate exchanges with toxic atmospheres. Responding to an archival film on historical sulfur mining, I am exploring the role sulfur plays in air pollution and contemporary petrochemical industries. My current research and community work is centered in Commerce City and North Denver, sites of high levels of atmospheric pollution from many of the refineries located there. Using archival video, scented materials, and coding pollution data obtained from the site, I am creating a series of installations, projections, and site specific work exploring the role of sulfur pollution in the region.