current exhibition AT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
principles of uncertainty: caroline harman
october 5 through december 20, 2019
Opening reception Saturday, October 5, 2 pm - 4 pm
“Principles of Uncertainty” is a solo exhibition of drawings and prints by Caroline Harman of Newtown, Connecticut. Harman’s deeply multi-layered drawings, and the prints made from her paintings are rhythmic, complex, and organic.
Harman recently had her first solo exhibition at Washington Art Association in Washington, Connecticut. Read more about the making of the work for that exhibition in The Newtown Bee, some of which is on view here at The Gallery at Still River Editions.
For me, the questions of life and art focus on random events, tipping points, resiliency and survival, and all are distilled into one single idea: adaptability. In order to survive, how do the complex systems that support life adapt to change? What are the qualities of adaptability, and how could those traits be explored and represented through art?
Multi-rhythmicity and multi-stability are elements of resilient systems that I express in my paintings and drawings as they shift from chaos to symmetry. The “edge of chaos” is a term in complex systems theory that describes the exact point where a chaotic system meets an ordered system. It is a moment when new emergent phenomena can occur. The idea, then, is to push each painting up to and past the point of chaos in order to observe what happens. My process involves a slow, careful buildup of layers to create balance, and the frequent introduction of random disruptors (ink stains, paint pours, sprays and drips) to create imbalance. The two opposing forces work continuously with and against each other over many months, ultimately evolving into a state of equilibrium.
Nature speaks in patterns, and I have worked to perfect a language of color and geometry that can respond to the boundless stimuli and increasing instability all around us. Through art, I try to explore how living organisms, and the complex systems within which they exist, adapt to random events and adverse conditions. An optimist by nature, my earlier work was devoted to the ideal of resiliency and the hope of survival. Lately, however, the paintings and drawings are leading me in a new direction – one that is less ordered and stable, tilting toward a tipping point that feels more imminent with each passing day. - Caroline Harman, June 2019
About the Artist
ABOUT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.
The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.