Post by Donovan Griffin
In an environment that sometimes defines the two as mutually exclusive, the thirteen artists and curator Gaby Heit show that neither science nor art are ever too far removed from one another when perceived by the human eye.
Some of the works in the exhibition describe or attempt to define a specific scientific phenomena; others “demonstrate our accidental and natural inclination to create cellular and molecular forms”. Colin Keefe’s “Flux Atlas” (2013) gives the viewer a sense of how difficult the task of mapping out a concept in scientific notation or artistic pictorial representation actually is. The result is a Cyclopean sort of design that compels the eager eye to follow the finished product at the edges back to the darkened heart of the piece.
Sarah Steinwich’s “Heat,” made up of hand-cut paper, acrylic and mixed media, deserves a look- and a few dozen more, from different angles- first to appreciate the yellow, porous and reef-like structure beneath and then its relation with the red, blue and green lines that make up the foreground.
Although the Philadelphia Science Festival is all too brief, the Cellular/Molecular exhibition runs until June 9 and should certainly be sought out by those missing out on the creative display of science’s wonders.