City Sights: Finding the science-art in New York area art exhibitions
By Julia Buntaine, Editor-in-Chief
Flatiron District, Manhattan
Artists Aimee Hertog, Guido Garaycochea and Joanna Lynn Warren. Open through July 19th.
Inter Space, a not for profit on 14th St. in Manhattan, was founded by neuroscientist Tricia MacKenzie. Serving as an exhibition space, research lab, and studio for her artists in residence, MacKenzie studies the roots of creativity and how it relates to the artistic process, with the ultimate goal of reassessing how mental illness is treated in order to better protect the creative drive. The three artists currently exhibiting are Aimee Hertog, Guido Garaycochea, and Joanna Lynn Warren, who MacKenzie video and EEG recorded while they were making their work in a mock studio environment. A mix of 'control' and 'experimental' work, MacKenzie additionally utilizes customized MATLAB software to identify how the artistic output changes in reaction to visual suggestion. While the neuroscience of creativity is a turbulent field of research for a number of reasons including the questionable sufficiency of brain imaging technology, MacKenzie's work is nonetheless a fascinating delve into the science of art and promotes the productive intersection of science and art at large.
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Artist Julia Carrillo's solo show, "Diaphanous"
Curatorial statement: "Julia Carrillo's series Diaphanous uses mathematical notions to construct geometrical bodies whose solidity or transparency as seen from different planes is made evident through the use of color. These images give the impression of known, concrete, stable figures; but only in appearance: when contemplated carefully one can observe the way the figures mutate as a result of the optical interplay that the projections from different planes generate."
This show lives up to its name in the best ways possible. "Diaphanous" is a delicate and thoughtful show, encompassing the upper room of Casa Mezcal with ease and delight. Each work invites you to look closer, and never lets you down when you do. While the influence of minimalists such as Sol Lewitt and optical illusionists like M.C. Escher are present, the palette Carrillo chose elicits a metaphysical attitude, and the works in turn imbibe a sense of order and meaning that make them entirely their own.