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.

Participating artists:

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

Additional Programming:

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.

Latest Videos

Occam's Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics I April 2- 20, 2014

Leaflet | © Mapbox © OpenStreetMap Improve this map