Science wasn't my strongest subject in school. I never made above a C, and yes, that means I got a D in college chemistry. The only real connection I had with science was when I was in high school and a bunch of us dropped acid before seventh period, thinking we would start coming on when school let out. Wrong. I started getting real buzzed. It was lab day and we were dissecting a grasshopper. My lab partner was Terri Fowler and she was the fattest girl in school and giggled all the time. We laughed throughout the entire operation, as I watched her slice into the paisley-patterned thorax.
That would be the closest I've ever come to mixing art and science. In my world, these two disciplines couldn't be farther apart. But the fact is, art and science are frequently aligned: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You might say they've been together from the beginning of time. The creation of the universe — is it
science or art? Does that put art right up there with God? Is God an artist or a scientist?
The two disciplines certainly go together sometimes, but do they ever actually work together, meld into one? It seems to me that scientists can be artists more easily than artists can be scientists. And practically every subject and task can be defined as an art: the fine art of eating, the art of plumbing. When science and art get together, who's doing who a favor?
I guess it depends on who you talk to. Carrie Paterson is an artist who uses alchemy in her work. She also writes, and attends conferences in Europe on art and science. That's why I asked Carrie to be the guest editor of our arts and science package. "Worlds of Science" is indeed Carrie's world.
One thing that struck me about the articles Carrie put together is all the new art and artists I discovered. It's art I've never seen before, and in most cases, art that cannot be seen. These artists get involved with the environment, outer space, and they seek alternative ways to live. One thing is for sure: An artist will go to any lengths to realize their vision. That's the artists' advantage that evens things out in this collaboration: An artist can and will make anything happen.
So welcome to Artillery's "Worlds of Science." I think Carrie did an excellent job and I hope you'll agree with me. Also in this issue Lane Barden muses over Dan Graham's world and Chris Bors shares the highlights of The Armory Show in New York. Mark Cromer sizes up our NEA allotment. And our most beloved department, Roll Call, is still in the magazine, it just moved to the back.
But the biggest thrill we have to offer is a trip to Mars. We have a 3D photo in our science package for you to enjoy. You'll have to have some of those funny glasses, or you can make a pair yourself (instructions included). Come take a trip with
Artillery and enter the world where art and science collide. Sorry, psychedelics not included.