April 20, this Sunday, at 3 pm. at
708 Montgomery, intersection of Montgomery, Columbus and Washington.
Carpool: for those on the Peninsula, contact Trudy.
Public Transport: From BART Embarcadero Sta., go to Sansome and Market and take the #10 down Sansome. From Caltrain, take the #30 to Stockton and Columbus and walk downhill 5 blocks on Columbus.
What: See Trudy Myrrh’s show plus play with Mary Teetor’s amazing labyrinth algorithms.
FLASH! The dates of Myrrh’s show have been extended to May 24th! Trudy will be giving a talk in late April or early May.
Every cell in every living organism is enclosed in a membrane. Every human body is encased in a membrane — our skin. Membranes define what is inside and what is outside. Even our psyches and societies have membranes, habits of thought and social customs defining “us” as different from “them.” Without membranes there would be only one undifferentiated “soup” of existence. But, membranes also allow movement between inside and outside, making sharing and growth possible. Thus the concept of “I” or “me” can expand as we mature and learn about others, while still retaining a sense of who we are: individual human (not cat or fish), family member (a Smith rather than the Jones next door), national citizen (American rather than Chinese), to name just a few categories. And all the while, at smallest unit of biological life, there is no escaping the containment of membranes, the existence of an “it.”
On the purely chemical-biological level, every cell membrane is made of two layers of molecules called phospholipids. The “phospho” part of the molecule (represented by a dot) is attracted to the water that is both inside and outside the cell; the â€œlipidâ€ part (shown as a little tail) repels water and is stays in the space between the two phospho layers. There are proteins embedded in the membrane through which food and minerals pass in and waste products out. Within the cell there are “organelles” also made up of the same phospholipid membranes — folded, pleated and balloon-like — where the business of maintaining life is carried on: food is metabolized into energy, cell repair work is done, wastes are carried away.
This painting began with a cell in the upper left. The large circular form metamorphosed into the head of the entire human body with hands and a large opening running from mouth to anus. Out of the mouth comes breath and words, which take on a life of their own. Soon we are in the realm of mystery: a baby waiting to be born, sheltered under the umbrella-like leaves of a begonia plant. Squiggles of color represent the almost countless numbers of molecules – proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, amino acids, fats and minerals — that come together to dance the intricate and interconnected dance of life .”
Membranes #1 by Shoshanah Dubiner, 2007, gouache on paper, 19″ x 24″
A Patterns in Nature Study Group has just formed in Ashland, Oregon, hosted by Shoshanah Dubiner who started the Bay Area group with Trudy Myrrh back in 2003. We enjoyed our first meeting today with one entomologist, one mathematician, and two artists, and are looking for 2-3 more people. After two hours of getting to know each other, our interests and intentions, we adjourned with lots of enthusiasm our next monthly meeting. We recognized that many artists are interested in and inspired by science in their work. For now, one of the big questions in the group was “How can art help science?”
The next meeting of the Patterns In Nature Group is
October 21, 3pm
at Chuck Thurston’s digital print studio
Any refreshments you can bring are appreciated.
Chuck Thurston has not only created wonderful natural-looking
patterns in Photoshop, but he has the means to print his work and
yours on all kinds of materials, from silk to rubber mats.
His studio is south of Market, 1/2 block from The Concourse on Bryant
St., and not far from the SomArts Gallery. For you CalTrain riders,
he’s within walking distance of the station.
Do bring examples of your work! And be thinking of places we could
exhibit. We have both the wonderful art and the vigorous people that
make a glorious exhibit possible!