Monday, October 18, 2021

Art and science in mutual agreement

ART is a creative expression of human imagination, typically in visual form such as paintings and sculptures, producing works to be appreciated for their beauty and emotional power.

Science, on the other hand, is a systematic method of building and organizing knowledge that can be rationally explained and reliably applied.

Science has a disciplined way in explaining the physical world, while art has no rules or boarders in doing so.

Most of the time, art produces a whole new universe that science, as it is today, cannot explain -- given that its strength is more on explaining the phenomenon of the material universe.

But sometimes, art and science do have a "meeting of the minds."

Such is the thesis of Force Field, an exhibit of 50 artists that opens today at the Gallery Orange in Bacolod at 6 p.m.

"Everything is made up of particles and space, and these particles are composed of even smaller particles with even more minute space between them. When these particles combine, their energies combine also, resulting in an even more potent force that could effect change in the events to come," goes the exhibit blurb.

This is reminiscent of the "butterfly effect," originating in A Sound of Thunder, a 1952 science fiction story by Ray Bradburry, wherein the death of an archaic butterfly in the past, led to a totally different world in the future.

Science explains that in chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependency on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

In Force Field, the artists -- 22 from Bacolod and 28 from Manila -- each with different backgrounds, exhibit their own creativity though distinct artworks.

"Each of these artworks vibrates with their own energies, but when combined, produced turbulent forces that may change the course of fate," the blurb added.

The 22 Bacolod artists are Dennis Ascalon, Nunelucio Alvarado, Moreen Austria, Cindy Ballesteros, Neil Benavente, Hilario Campos III, Barry Cervantes, Charlie Co, Guenivere Decena, JayR Delleva, Peter James Fantinalgo, Joe Geraldo, Karina Broce Gonzaga, Frelan Gonzaga, Jovito Hecita, Intel Japitana, Darel Javier, Raymond Legaspi, Tristram Miravalles, Junjun Montelibano, Mikiboy Pama, and Roderick Tijing.

The 28 Manila artists are Mark Arcamo, Alvin Capistrano, Valerie Chua, Cori Franchesca Co, Gary Custodio, Ernest Concepcion, JP Cuison, BJ Esber, James Daryl Esguerra, Faico, Martin Honasan, Bree Jonson, Dave Lock, Potti Lesaguis, Galaxie Maria, Gene Paul Martin, Jason Montinola, Raffy Napay, Marcushiro Nada, Bru Sim Nada, Neil Pasilan, Nix Puno, Quuiccs, Janelle Tang, Richard Tuazon, Chris Verayo, Ana Verayo, and Chill.

Force Field runs until September 30.
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