So much science in art

My beginning students learn that there is a lot of science in art.  This is an old article but I kept it to reblog:  A neuroscientist working in an art museum.  I was prompted to blog it today after having a conversation yesterday with a lady who had just completed her masters in psychology and was hoping to consult in the corporate world, rather than enter private medical practice, and to incorporate art into her work.  Maybe we’ll work together on something…..

Munch’s colors

I thought This Article about Edward Munch’s color theory was really interesting.  Red is interpreted more quickly by the brain than blue because the wavelengths are slower!

And the quote “Quantum mechanics has been very well correlated with the emergence of non-representational art.” – Bober – shows you just how much science there is in art.  So if you want to be an artist, don’t skip chemistry or subatomic physics in school.

Life isn’t all black and white….

I saw this really interesting article, forwarded by Professional Artist magazine – made me remember a number of other brain-related articles, books or comments I’ve stumbled on over the years.  I’m no neuroscientist but the subject interests me.

Artists’ Brains Have More ‘Grey Matter’ Than The Rest Of Ours, Study Finds

One thing that it brings to mind is the question – probably unanswerable – about the intelligence of dinosaurs.  I’ve read that their brains were much smaller (per bodyweight) than most mammals – but mammals (and birds?) only use the outer layer for ‘thinking’. Perhaps the dinosaurs used their whole brains?

Another idea that intrigues me is the 7 – or 9 – different ‘intelligences’ proposed by Howard Gardner – page here – one that I often see evidenced in the differences between myself and friends.  Like my neighbor – he can fix anything, but I believe doesn’t possess a single piece of artwork that he chose.  I think I have strengths in areas 1, 2 and the logical part of 5, not the numerical part!  I’m not adapt at mental arithmetic.

But perhaps there should be a 10th intelligence – cooking.  I know people who can whip up a gourmet meal from nothing, yet I am almost limited to salads and sandwiches or things that come out of cans. Last time I used an actual book recipe on my gourmet friends, they requested I not attempt recipes again. 🙂  Nevertheless I know I’m always welcome in a kitchen once the dishes need washing.

Just as a ‘right-brained’ observation, I find it quite fascinating that humans attempt to ‘left-brain’ classify our selves – Briggs-Myers is the most obvious one.  And yet these methods always prone to ‘scientific error’ of observation and interpretation.

Maybe that gray matter we all have can never be categorized into dark matter or light matter, nature further homogenized by nurture, and that we’re all really 18% gray.