Science and art collide in artist Gary Frederick Brown’s new exhibit, “Strings: Collaborations with Chaos,” which uses inspiration from physics theories in monotypes and mixed media sculptures. The exhibit is on display through Sunday, April 29th, at the ArtHouse Gallery at TVA, 416 Broadway, Santa Monica. Admission is free.
Brown develops his art concepts by relating them to “string theory,” which is the foundation of the “grand unification theory” of physics, which proposes that all matter in the universe is composed of vibrating oscillating threads measuring one-trillionth of a centimeter in length, according to ArtHouse Gallery.
Brown conjectures that humans are to the earth as the cells in our bodies are to us, and as the planets in the solar system are to the galaxy, and as the galaxy is to the universe, according to the gallery.
Brown envisions God existing in the sub-molecular realm, and entertains the possibility that the super strings communicate on a sub-molecular level, resulting in “karmic ripples in the reality pool,” according to an ArtHouse Gallery spokesperson.
Most of Brown’s work is done on a monotype printing press that he designed and built. Brown says he likes to create a feeling of controlled chaos in his works by using materials with odd structural and textural qualities. He creates an effect by using solvent to separate yarn and other fibrous materials into individual strands and loosely gathered groups which he places in his works before printing.
Once the printed stage is complete, he often modifies his work with charcoal, pastels or ink. The end result of the process conveys his imagined vision of multi-dimensionality and the sub-microscopic realm of quantum physics as well as planets, galaxies, nebulas and other matter found in the universe.
Brown credits a life-changing experience he had in 1991 as the reason for his interest in nature’s minute details. He found himself drawn to copper, rusting metal and driftwood, which he binds together with copper wire or staples. Artistic creation had become his celebration of life, Brown says.
Printmaking runs in Brown’s family, as his grandfather, Frederick Foster Brown, was an accomplished block print artist in Boise in the early 20th century.
Brown studied the historic art of monotype in Florence, Italy in 2004 under the tutelage of master artist/printmaker Ruth Weisberg, dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.
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