In 2016, Teresa Chadwick presented her first exhibition, ‘Fusion – Haka Piri’, a goldsmith collection inspired on Easter Island archaeology and culture, at Hanga Roa (Easter Island.) The project went on to be shown at the Museo de Artes Decorativas in Santiago, Chile and at the Tate Modern and will be shown at the Chilean Embassy, London in 2017. Currently studying for an MA in Arts and Science at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London, in this article she discusses her project which delves into Easter Island’s cultural magic.
This essay introduces two recent exhibitions and examines the origins of ArtScience in relation to the nineteenth century’s transition from representation to abstraction. While that progression was a seminal step in art history, the author proposes that a no less seismic impact resulted from its spatial reorientation – from expressions structured in pictorial imaginary space to those structured in actual, real space. That realignmnt echoed what science had been incrementally doing for four hundred years, by replacing fabricated comprehensions of reality with concrete ones – and in the process, shifting ontological and epistemological dispositions away from the supernatural and toward the natural.
In 2016, Jim Dales’ debut novel, ‘RHL, The Man in the Mirror’, was published, which is based loosely on the Dutch Master, Rembrandt. ‘RHL, The Man in the Mirror’ does not present a flattering portrait of the man whose artistic oeuvre is universally recognised as that of an outstanding master. We observe Dales’ Rembrandt as artist, husband, father, lover, teacher, employer and businessman, a mortal with negative as well as admirable characteristics, a three-dimensional and believable character.
Stephen Magrath’s drawings, paintings and prints are inspired by his interest in health and wellbeing and informed by related scientific research. He has degrees in both Social Psychology and Fine Art and has deepened his interest in the interconnectedness of mind and body through collaborations with practitioners and research scientists in the fields of stress management, neuroscience and cognitive psychology.
Claudia Stocker is a science artist based in Bristol, UK. Her work focusses on interpreting scientific data and visualising scientific subjects. She is particularly interested in subjects that are too small to see clearly, such as molecular biology, chemical structures and microbes.
Using traditional painting materials to explore the cosmos, Martin Hewer is fascinated by what other worlds might look like and how to record them with paint. Light, space, time and the unseen are almost impossible to express within the limits of pigments but this has not deterred his exploration. The results are symbolic of a striving humanity.
Asier Marzo works as a Research Assistant at Bristol University, UK. His research interests are to achieve individual acoustic manipulation of thousands of objects for tissue engineering or novel displays as well as to bring acoustic levitation to the general public.
As well as being a former academic in the field of politics, David Lewis-Baker is an experienced street photographer and an artist with a keen interest in the relationship between art and science. “As far as I am concerned, when working together, art can add wisdom to scientific knowledge, while science can add knowledge to artistic wisdom.”
A unique exhibition based on China’s world famous Terracotta Warriors will be held at Loughborough University, London in October 2016. The Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors exhibition features the work of artists from every country in the EU – including renowned Loughborough University sculptor John Atkin – as well as three from China. […]
Garry Kennard is a painter, writer and founding director of Art and Mind (www.artandmind.org). A fascination with how the brain reacts to works of art has lead Kennard to research, write and lecture on these topics. With Rita Carter and Annabel Huxley he devised and directed the unique Art and Mind Festivals which attracted leading artists and scientists to explore what light the brain sciences can throw on contemporary culture.
This essay is his personal view of the new Tate Modern extension.