UNCERTAINTY | Press page


A Science and Art Collaboration

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery,
ArtCenter College

October 11, 2016 - January 22, 2017


Press Release:

Williamson Gallery Exhibit
Puzzles Over Uncertainty


(Pasadena Calif.) September 28, 2016 — UNCERTAINTY is the latest in a series of exhibitions exploring the confluence of science and art at ArtCenter College of Design's Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in Pasadena. Curator Stephen Nowlin has assembled nine installations created by artists and scientists in an exhibition that ponders the edges of knowledge and perception, and probes the aesthetics of science data. UNCERTAINTY, opening October 11, 2016 and continuing through January 22, 2017, kicks off with special events on Thursday, October 20.

For millennia humans have sought to acquire and cling to the comforts of certainty while it's anxious opposite — uncertainty — has sparked the imaginations, instincts, hunches, intuitions, creativities, and curiosities that have shaped us into perennial seekers. Through paintings, installations, artifacts, and data visualizations, the exhibition immerses viewers in the uncertainty/certainty paradigm.


> >   Read/download UNCERTAINTY essay by Stephen Nowlin.

> >   Download UNCERTAINTY press release.


Participants in UNCERTAINTY include San Francisco artist and electrical engineer Jim Campbell, whose ultra low-resolution study of ocean waves explores the boundary between information and noise, recognition and abstraction; Jonathan Corum, an artist and science graphics editor for the New York Times, whose wall-sized motion graphic of exoplanets materializes the wonders of the Kepler Space Telescope; Marc Fichou, a Los Angeles-based artist whose leaning wall assemblages are vertical cabinets of curiosity; Donald A. Glaser (1926-2013), scientist and Nobel Laureate physicist, who invented of the Bubble Chamber to peer into the world of subatomic particles; Los Angeles artist Lia Halloran, presenting ink renderings honoring the eighteenth century French astronomer Charles Messier; University of Notre Dame physicist and software scientist Thomas McCauley, mesmerizing CMS Experiment video of candidate Higgs Boson collision event, Large Hadron Collider (CERN); The Einstein Collective (artist Sara Mast, architect Jessica Jellison, artist and animator Christopher O'Leary, filmmaker Cindy Stillwell, sound artist and composer Jason Bolte, physicist Charles Kankelborg, physicist Nico Yunes, physicist Joey Shapiro Key), on the romance and mystery of a black hole; Owen Schuh, San Francisco artist (with mathematician Satyan Devadoss) exploring mathematics and the uncertainties of algorithmic form; and Edward Tufte, artist, statistician, data-visualization pioneer and professor emeritus at Yale University, finding dissonant beauty in sculptural representations of subatomic particle behavior.

In his catalog essay, Nowlin explores our oddball relationship with uncertainty and addresses how the seeking of knowledge through both art and science has made uncertainty into an alluring irritant: "In the seeker's world, uncertainty is not its stereotypical composite of timidity, equivocation, and threat, nor is it license to fill the void with gods leaping the gap. It's simply where we place a temporary 'end of road-construction' sign on the perpetually grand and noble journey."

Feynman Van
As part of the exhibition, Richard Feynman's restored '75 Dodge camper-van that the Nobel Laureate had decorated with his Feynman Diagrams, will be on display outside the Williamson Gallery. The van is on loan from its owner/restorer, Seamus Blackley.

Special Event:
Thursday, October 20, 7 to 8:30pm: "The Thinking Eye," a talk by Edward Tufte Ahmanson Auditorium (Hillside Campus)

Known for his writings on information design, Edward Tufte is a pioneer in the field of data visualization. The New York Times describes him as the "da Vinci of data," and Business Week calls him the "Galileo of graphics." His artworks in UNCERTAINTY are wall sculptures based on "Feynman Diagrams," a visual language describing the behavior of subatomic particles invented by Nobel Laureate and Caltech physicist Richard Feynman.








> >   Visit the UNCERTAINTY website

> >   Link to other Williamson Gallery art-science projects



UNCERTAINTY Exhibit Images:



Thomas McCauley
Higgs Boson Candidate Event (8 TeV) 2012
Data visualization video, dimensions variable
Courtesy/copyright CERN, for the benefit of the CMS Collaboration.


> >   Download high-res Higgs Boson Candidate image.





Jonathan Corum
Kepler's Talley of Planets, 2013-16; Digital motion graphic
17 x 20ft projection, dimensions variable
Courtesy of The New York Times
Photo: Juan Posada/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Kepler's Talley of Planets image.





Edward Tufte
45 Feynman Diagrams, Ninth and Tenth-Order QED Contributions to Muon g-2
Stainless Steel, 2016.
Photo: Stephen Nowlin/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Feynman Diagrams image.





The Einstein Collective
Black (W)hole, 2011
Digital animations, sound composition
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Stephen Nowlin/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Black (W)hole image.

Exhibition dates:
October 11, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Williamson Gallery hours:
Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Friday, 12 noon to 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
ArtCenter College
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, California 91103-1999
(626) 396-2397

for more information, contact

Teri Bond
Director, Media Relations
ArtCenter College
(626) 396-2385
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

Stephen Nowlin
Director, Williamson Gallery
ArtCenter College
(626) 396-2397
stephen.nowlin@artcenter.edu



Links to Artists' Information:

Jim Campbell | jimcampbell.tv
Jonathan Corum | 13pt.com/corum
The Einstein Collective | blackwhole.montana.edu/einstein-collective.html
Marc Fichou | marcfichou.com
Donald A.Glaser | wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_A._Glaser
Lia Halloran | liahalloran.com
Thomas McCauley | cds.cern.ch/record/2126012
Owen Schuh| owenschuh.com
Edward Tufte | edwardtufte.com

Feynman Van | Saving the Feynman Van


Richard Feynman
1975 Dodge Extended Van,1975
Dodge Van with Feynman Diagrams
Courtesy of Seamus Blackley
Photo: Stephen Nowlin/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Feynman Van image.




Marc Fichou
Wall (4,5,6,2,9,8,7), 2016
Mixed media assemblage
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Juan Posada/ArtCenter.


> >   Download high-res Wall (4,5,6,2,9,8,7) image.




Marc Fichou
Wall 6, 2016
Mixed media assemblage
Courtesy of the artist


> >   Download high-res Wall 6 image.




Lia Halloran
M88, 2014
Blue ink on drafting film
Courtesy of the artist


> >   Download high-res M88 image.




Lia Halloran
M1, 2014
Blue ink on drafting film
Courtesy of the artist


> >   Download high-res M1 image.




Donald Glaser
Particle Collision Artifact, ca. 1950s
Image from glass plate
Courtesy of The Caltech Archives


> >   Download high-res Particle Collision image.




Donald Glaser
Artifacts, ca. 1950s
Installation View
Courtesy of The Caltech Archives
Photo: Juan Posada/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Artifacts image.




Owen Schuh (with Satyan Devadoss)
Cartography of Treespace (Woven) 2015
Acrylic, watercolor, and metal leaf on panel
Courtesy of ART3 Gallery, New York


> >   Download high-res Cartography of Treespace (Woven) image.




Entryway, UNCERTAINTY exhibit.
Photo: Juan Posada/ArtCenter.

> >   Download high-res Entryway, UNCERTAINTY exhibit image.




Jonathan Corum
Kepler's Talley of Planets, 2013-16; Digital motion graphic
17 x 20ft projection, dimensions variable. Courtesy of The New York Times.


> >   Download high-res Kepler's Talley of Planets image.




Edward Tufte
2 Ninth-Order Feynman Diagrams, (foreground)
Stainless Steel, 2016.
Photo: Stephen Nowlin/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res 2 Ninth-Order Feynman Diagrams image.




Thomas McCauley
Higgs Boson Candidate Event (8 TeV) 2012
Data visualization video, dimensions variable
Courtesy/copyright CERN, for the benefit of the CMS Collaboration. Photo: Stephen Nowlin/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Higgs Boson Candidate image.




The Einstein Collective (Christopher O'Leary)
Animation for Black (W)hole, 2011
Digital animation, 12 foot diameter floor projection
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stephen Nowlin/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Black (W)hole Animation image.




Jim Campbell
Wave Studies
Custom Electronics, treated Plexiglas, 2002-2005
Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery Photo: Juan Posada/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Wave Studies image.




Jim Campbell
Wave Modulation 2003
Custom electronics, 768 LEDs, treated Plexiglas
Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery Photo: Stephen Nowlin/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Wave Modulation image.




Owen Schuh (with Satyan Devadoss)
Cartography of Treespace Series 2015-2016
Acrylic, watercolor, and metal leaf on panels and notebooks
Courtesy of ART3 Gallery, New York
Photo: Juan Posada/ArtCenter


> >   Download high-res Cartography of Treespace Series image.