Everyone knows that truth does not belong to science alone; it’s just as much a goal of art. Yet how many know that beauty, art’s primary goal, is also crucial to science? The difference lies in emphasis: while artists may seek truth in beauty, scientists seek beauty as an attribute of truth. When two responses seem otherwise equal, scientists will choose the shapely equation or the symmetrical theory, working from the insight that we find truth beautiful in itself. The exhibition ARTsySTEM: The Changing Climates of The Arts and Sciences, at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art until August 1st, sets out to show both sides of this coin: both the potential for scientific activity as a source of art, and art making as valid collaboration with science.
Read Geoff Wichert’s review of ARTsySTEM at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in the May 2015 edition of 15 Bytes.
Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.