That’s what’s been on my mind lately – Art & Science. Actually, that pair, along with its many confluence points, often occupies my thoughts. These days in particular it is taking on a slightly different edge. I have been asked to give a talk in a few weeks following my opening at the Museum of Natural History in Florence, Italy. What more appropriate topic might there be for me to discuss than Art & Science. And what could I possibly add that hasn’t already been said on the subject? In Florence, of all places, home of the Medici!
While it’s familiar territory for me to explore, while much of my reading slides back and forth between the two, I seldom have the opportunity to discuss the topics. So, as I begin to prepare and compose my thoughts for this upcoming talk, I’ve been having conversations with friends – artists, scientists, and others – asking their thoughts on everything from the relationship (if any) between the two, to the contrasts and/or commonalities they might share. It’s been refreshing, eye-opening at times, and always a springboard to further discussion and creative exploration. I would welcome any reader of this blog to feel free to comment on the subject of Art & Science – I’d like to hear your thoughts – any and all are welcome.
Underneath that big beautiful cloud sits Canada. That’s as close as we came to the border on our trip to Isle La Motte last week. Aside from the time spent hanging the show and attending a couple of events we were free to explore. I love those opportunities – you never know what might be around the next bend, whether it’s a simple landscape…
…or something of odd historic significance – in this case a memorial to the construction of ICBM missiles.
Frank Zappa once sang about moving to Montana to become a “dental floss tycoon” – growing fields full of dental floss (Frank at his prime)!! So I had to conjure him up when I ran across fields of giant marshmallows along Lake Champlain.
And then there was the Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum on South Hero Island.
More than 3000 old hand tools of every shape and design – free admission – all from the collection of a former New York City teacher of Industrial Arts.
I found structures with interesting exteriors…
…and others with tourist trap levels of tackiness…
(And, yes, they all had price tags on them!)
My current tree obsession continues. Here are two more from the east side if Isle La Motte.
Lastly, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Irene, I wanted to share this image.
Rushing water ripped through the ground cover that day, exposing the foreground rock in a number of places at the home of friends. The exposed rock (filled with Devonian coral, by the way) has become incorporated into the landscape, providing additional beauty to this “Monet-like” landscape.
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