Occam's Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics I April 2- 20, 2014
Two-part exhibition, first at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
April 2 - 20, 2014
At the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
May 3 to June 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday April 3, 7-10pm
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
These entwined ideas - which underlie Occam's Razor - form a thread
that links the realms of science and art. Scientists rely on Occam's
Razor, which holds that simpler explanations, all things being equal,
are better than more complex ones, to refine their theories and
experiments. With reference to Occam's Razor, the interdisciplinary
discourse presented by Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and the
!dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre in this exhibition, seeks
to narrow the cultural divide between Art and Science.
Sylvia Adamcik, Rahni Allan, Cecilia Basic, Kelly Bell, Karina
Bergsman, Penny Leong Browne, Julia Buntaine, Linda Chen, Morgan
Chivers, Nicole Clouston, Stephen Crosby, Kevin Dejewski, Andrew
Drown, Gina Duque, Jayanne English and Willy LeMaitre , Andrew
Godsalve, David Griffin, Leeann Janiessen, Gillian King, Julia Krolik,
Ania Machudera, Harry Mackay, Jason McKay, Zsuzsa Monostory, Laurel
Rath, Amy Rea and Chelsea Greenwell, Paul Roorda, Perin Rutonsha,
Vjosana Shkurti, Morgan Skinner, Tosca Teran, Diane Tucker, Elaine
Whittaker, Ron Wild, Ross Winter
Ontario Science Centre's Café Scientifique presents: Art & Science:
Same process, different products?
Wednesday April 9, 6- 8:30pm
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Join us at Propeller after the discussion until 9:30pm
Take a second glance at the intersections between art and science. Is
there more in common than you imagined?
Join a variety of artists and scientists for a spirited discussion
about the overlap between art and science.
View works from the Occam's Razor exhibition and exchange ideas about
the true meaning of art and science.
Presented in conjunction with the Occam's Razor exhibition at the
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (PCVA) and the !dea Gallery at
the Ontario Science Centre.
For more information on Cafe Scientifique visit:
Lecture at Propeller: Sunday April 13, 2:00pm (time TBC)
Title: Cosmos vs Canvas: Using Art to Reveal Science in Astronomy
Public Outreach Images
Speaker: Dr. Jayanne English (Associate Professor, University of
Manitoba, Dept of Physics and Astronomy)
Lecture Abstract: Bold colour images from telescopes act as
extraordinary ambassadors for astronomers because they pique the
public's curiosity. But are they snapshots documenting physical
reality? Or are we looking at artistic spacescapes created by
digitally manipulating astronomy images? This lecture provides a tour
of how original black and white data are converted into the colour
images gracing magazines. Often the attempt by scientists to represent
their discoveries all but drowns out the voice of visual literacy. Yet
sometimes in this battle, between the cultures of science and visual
art, both sides win. This struggle will be presented from the
perspective of a professional astronomer who has coordinated the
Hubble Heritage Project and also trained as an artist. This lecture
outlines how artistic techniques - such as colour contrast and
composition - can be used to produce a more engaging scientific image
with greater clarity for the non-expert public.
Image: Harry Mackay. Corona radiata. Photograph. 11 x 17". 2013.