Matter, Geometry and the Imagination

Tue 07 May 2019 to Fri 17 May 2019

A multidisciplinary exhibition by Geraint James Davies

Science tends mostly to signify and speak to its own audience.  This is natural, for science requires deep and concerted analysis, demands proof, and attempts to be free of error.  No mean task.

On the other hand, Art tends to speak and signify far more broadly, more generally, and less narrowly to itself.  It makes no great demand on conformity.  The artist relies, to a greater or lesser extent, upon imagination.  In such regards, the artist, really, cannot be or go ‘wrong’.

However, it is less generally appreciated that the scientist, likewise, employs a high degree of imagination. Indeed, the theoretical scientist might argue – as much, if not more.  For all scientists, what is true of the imagination also has to coincide with truth and accuracy to the material world.  Regard here must also be taken as to the phenomenal anomalies of perception and cognition.  But for physicists, especially those investigating the astronomical and related quantum world, they must also have regard to the axiomatic fundaments of mathematics and be mindful of its essential philosophy as a basis for emergent complexity in their quest to be any closer to the questionable possibility of a fully correct and complete understanding within their particular domain.

So the intention of this exhibition is to appeal to both imaginations, be they artistic or scientific, this through the middle ground of a unified, four-fold geometry – a subject that segues from one dimension to the other, indicating the implicit within materiality – and to draw thought from the foundations of consciousness, in truth to the absolute and the relative, the binary and the indeterminate.  In the words of Roger Penrose, ‘it is undoubtedly the case that the more deeply we probe Nature’s secrets, the more profoundly we are driven into Plato’s world of mathematical ideas as we seek our understanding.’*

*Penrose, Roger, 2004, The Road to Reality, London: Jonathan Cape, pp.1028-29.

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