Possibilities: The Fusion of Art and Science Opening Night Exhibition.

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There is a myth about the brain you may have heard at some point in your life – that we are either left-brained or right-brained, analytical and logical or creative and flowing. The myth has been spread, through images like this:

Image via Flickr

However, we are not just one thing or another, we all have the ability to think both analytically and creatively, even simultaneously. Even the artist who designed the image above had to plan how she was going to illustrate the two hemispheres of the brain, and then carry out her ideas in a logical sequence.

Leonardo da Vinci’s sketch of skull anatomy, via Flickr

This false left-brain right-brain dichotomy has been proven wrong over and over by people who exhibit both qualities, like Renaissance innovator Leonardo Da Vinci. Although he is most famous for painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, da Vinci kept scores of notebooks and was a student of anatomy and physiology, as well as designing flying machines.

Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist, Richard Feynman, known for his research in quantum mechanics, was also a talented artist, who began sketching later in life, in order to communicate “his emotion towards the beauty of the natural world.”

However, we don’t all have to be Renaissance thinkers or Nobel Prize winners to demonstrate that science and art are intertwined in the mind. Carl Jung, a psychoanalyst known for his theories on human archetypes, recognized that everyday humans exhibit qualities of the Artist-Scientist. This archetype is a thinker, a dreamer, with unlimited creativity and curiosity, and has an inventive mind for finding solutions to complex problems. Somewhere along the way, we began to see art and science as distinct to each other, without the connecting bond of creativity holding them together.

Upon closer inspection, science and art begin to resemble each other, like fraternal twins, closely related but not exactly the same. Science and art both rely on inspiration and process, require hours of dedication, and are ultimately presented to a public that may or may not be receptive to unfamiliar ideas. Communication is essential to both, whether it is a scientific journal or an gallery exhibition.

This semester, I was able to explore these ideas with a team of 5 other students. Our task was simple: design original art, in any medium, for an exhibition that would be put on at the end of the semester. We decided to title our exhibition Possibilities, because science is all about forward progress. In this exhibition, our individual scientific interests are represented by the art on display, with diverse themes, such as genetics, human reproduction, ecology, and the future.

We invite you, and anyone you’d like to bring along to our opening night, Tuesday October 10, from 6 pm until late. You’ll be able to meet the artists, enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, and find new perspectives on science. The best part is, your date will think you’re so cultured! The exhibition is completely free, and if you can’t make it to opening night, will be open to the public until the 13th of October. Find us at 234 Queensberry St, Level 5, Studio 5.