Emergence & Structure is an exhibition of artists whose work embodies the emerging complexity apparent in the vast variety of process and architecture currently omnipresent in the natural world. The respective artists utilize aspects of science to inform their work by adapting scientifically inspired methodologies, employing conceptual underpinnings related to scientific discovery, or observing the study of natural systems and structures that exist in all scales throughout the universe.
In the spirit of an open, interdisciplinary exchange, this exhibition will promote the interrelatedness of nature’s processes through visual modeling. By integrating emergent principles via such artistic construction, the exhibition’s primary goal is to inspire innovative thinking and stimulate one’s imagination about the natural world and our relationship to it.
The long-term implications of this endeavor will encourage a full, integral dialogue, dissolving unnecessary boundaries between art and science and redefining the collaborative combination as the enhancement of human capability. Art can do this because it has the capacity to take us into the experience of others. Our very future depends upon how we answer the challenge of reevaluating both art and science’s role in a future society. By viewing the universe through the eyes of scientifically inspired artists, our perceptions will be challenged, and a world normally hidden, just out of sight, can be revealed.
The exhibition travels from Lafayette to the MDC Freedom Tower Gallery, Miami Dade College (May 24-Aug. 11); and University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville (Oct. 5-Nov 16). An illustrated catalogue will be available.
Emergence & Structure is organized by Lafayette College. The exhibition, symposium, and catalogue are supported in part by Lafayette College’s Environmental Studies Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.