Now on view in Portland, Oregon's Ford Gallery is "Mad Pursuit: Exploring Science through the Lens of Art." This group exhibition, curated by Sara McCormick, includes the work of Kindra Crick, Julian Voss-Andreae, Elise Wagner, Lawrence Morrell, and Sienna Morris.
"The search for understanding is not finite. It is ever changing."
As science has become more accessible and present in our lives, artists have found a rich universe of ideas and imagery to explore. The development of new and greater technology has provided both scientists and artists with the tools to delve deeper into the nature of our own universe, sometimes even outside the realm of human vision. We are bombarded with news of scientific discoveries, it seems, almost daily. This flood of information can be both exciting and daunting. As a layperson, and from a broader cultural perspective, how do we process all this new information?
These Portland-based painters and sculptures draw their inspiration from science, including the study of anatomy, neuroscience, quantum physics, astronomy and biomimicry of nature. Through their own research and artistic insight, each lends a unique perspective to their chosen subject. Transforming theoretical concepts and scientific data into works that are both intriguing and informative.
Not only does science provide a wealth of inspiration for artists, the two practices have more in common than most people realize; both are about process, discovery, and a quest for understanding. By bridging the disciplines of art and science, we hope to create an exhibit that is beautiful as well as enlightening. We hope to show our viewers the power of wonder and the surprising connections between visual art and science.
Video of the exhibition at the Ford Gallery, Portland, OR. "Slender Sentinel" sculpture by Julian Voss-Andreae and paintings by Elise Wagner and Kindra Crick. Courtesy of the Ford Gallery.
“Mad Pursuit: Exploring Science through the Lens of Art”
is open through August 23rd, 2017.