Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Excerpt from Jerry Cullum's review of Connecting the Dots for ArtsATL

...Making art about science has always been a difficult proposition: it requires finding visually striking examples or emotionally engaging analogies. Because the Center for Chemical Evolution’s work focuses on the emergence of complex molecules through the self-combination of simpler ones, Dilling looked for ways of developing complex visual forms from simpler ones, using rules that limited artistic decision.

Her series of “Visual Chemistry” prints is the most elaborate illustration of this principle. Over the space of a grid that could be elaborated indefinitely, each print has either a color or a visual element in common with the previous print, while it adds or subtracts elements or colors in a process that eventually makes the individual prints quite different from one another. The duo of “Assembly (blue)” and “Assembly (red)” makes the point much more simply: the same two intaglio plates are rotated and printed in different colors to form distinct artworks.

Terri Dilling, Rocky Road, acrylic, screen print and mixed media on panel

The idea that elementary chemical interactions might grow in complexity to take on a life of their own is communicated more kinetically in the “Common Ancestry” video, showing the evolution of two of Dilling’s paintings, each beginning from the same starting point but growing from there in different visual directions. The paintings, “Yellow Blossom” and “Rocky Road,” hang nearby in the gallery, making the point that a finished object embodies a considerable now-invisible past history...

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