Art and Science: An Intersection

Laura Herman
Oct 2, 2014 2:12PM

            Art is the basis of every human life.  It governs the construction of our homes, alters our ideal of beauty, and even informs the process of science.  Yes, science: the previously thought antithesis to art and domestic culture.

            Science, at its foundation, is the begging of questions.  Inquiring minds hypothesize, experiment, and conclude.  It is rare, however, that such conclusions can be made on the first try; researchers begin to creatively devise ways to inspect the question, approaching the subject from a multitude of different angles.  This is remarkably similar to the process of an artist rendering a portrait of a new subject.  In fact, neuroaesthetics is a new field that has been developed to study the brain’s interpretation of art.  Likewise, an artist toils to present such scenes in the most stimulating manner, so the eyes may interpret them using a variety of different psychological processes. 

            Robert Rauschenberg’s artistic career was characterized by dozens of interdisciplinary efforts: from the integration of art and technology (as seen in Solstice) to the use of nature on canvas (particularly in Untitled (Night Blooming)), he clearly sought to showcase not only his deft abilities to integrate different mediums, but also the omnipresent nature of art in the world around us.  Indeed, this exhibition will make the viewer question the blurred line between art and science.  At what point do technological productions become artistic renderings?  At what point do precisely detailed works become a near-scientific study?

             By lifting this barrier, future generations can benefit from a long overdue collaboration (as represented by A ∩ B ∩ C) between the arts and the sciences and pay homage to Rauschenberg’s forward-thinking ideals.  After all, art is a visual stimulus exciting to both inquisitive, scientific brains and cultured, creative hearts.  Connected in one body, they will complement each other exquisitely: art is a science, and science is an art. 

Laura Herman
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