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THE CONSILIENCE OF ART AND SCIENCE
PENCE GALLERY AND UC DAVIS ART/SCIENCE FUSION JURIED EXHIBITION
January 19 - February 28, 2016
Reception: Friday, February 12, 6-9 PM | AWARDS: 7:30 PM

This exhibit is sponsored by Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Kit & Bonnie Lam, Ronald & Rosie Soohoo, and Terence Leung.

The goals of the exhibition are to show creative work that explores the intersection between art and science; to foster communication between the arts and sciences; and to spark new ways of viewing the world and ourselves. creative work that transcends pure scientific illustration to explore the conceptual realm where art and science both reside is strongly encouraged.
Juror's Talks: Friday, Feb. 12
5:15-6 PM, Sharon Bladholm
Sharon Bladholm, one of the exhibit's jurors, leads an illustrated talk about her work as an artist with various scientific expeditions, including her current projects.
6-6:45 PM, Shih-Wen Young
Shih-Wen Young will talk about the selection of work for the current consilience show. Young is a physicist and artist who with Sharon Bladholm, juried the Consilience exhibit.

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Mike Rand

Location: Carbondale, Colorado, United States

Web site: www.studiorand.com

Statement: My ceramic art links to the old. It takes art traditions and mutates them into personal visions. Two keys to understand the thinking behind the way my art moves from traditional to the new come from Leonardo Da Vinci, who wrote that: “man should become universal”, and that one needs to learn as much as possible about as many things as possible too truly understand the world – the Gestalt. Using these related approaches I push the boundaries of what ceramics, as a medium, should become. While linked to traditions past, the ideas and process used in my work stretch the materials’ chemical properties and limits to open potentials for new ceramic aesthetics. One needs to venture beyond the safety of boundaries to see what is really possible with a medium. This is an uncertain endeavor. It calls up the idea that the opposite ends of the spectrum of fantasy-reality can exist at a single time within the piece of ceramic art. Using a thought and production process that brings my beliefs in scientific studies into the reference frame of ceramic arts provides clearer focus. Out of the uncertainties of the wood kiln's fiery space of chaotic forces I see my work in the “fantasy” of the viewer's internal world and the “reality” of the surrounding external universe.


Mike Rand

Re-engineering Structural Thoughts

Dimensions: 45"
Material: Wood Kiln Fired Rand's Stoneware, Porcelain Iron Oxide Clay Slip, Acrylic, LEDs
Year: 2014



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