Sunday, October 11, 2009

Larry Eisenstein New Work 2008-89

Larry Eisenstein New Work 2008-89

Eisenstein’s new drawing show, Cellves, obsesses on the biology of human unconscious processes and asks the questions: Are the laws of nature merely habits? And can they be transformed by art?

The show's genesis is New Biology’s discovery of morphogenetic fields or morphic resonances which biochemist Rupert Sheldrake defines as the “basis of memory in nature....the idea of mysterious telepathy-type interconnections between organisms and of collective memories within species.”

Cellves considers how individuals are able to both draw upon and contribute to this collective memory, and how through morphic resonance new patterns of behavior spread through the world more rapidly.

The New Biology's developmental scientists believe that without a holistic and integrative conception of living organization, our collective survival as a species would drown in oceans of data, as yet more genomes get sequenced, genes get cloned and proteins characterized.

Beginning with random and unconscious marks on paper, followed by labour intensive and painstakingly precise methods in the tradition of brut art, Eisenstein’s depictions of an evolving Cellfe grow like a specimen taken from the drawings of 19th century German biologist Ernst Haeckel, put in a Petri dish and left to morphogenetically rip.

Larry Eisenstein was born, lives and works in Toronto. He has recently updated his career status to re-emerging visual artist.

Artist & Illustrator
Inger-Lise Kristoffersen

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