KELSEY BROOKES "Better Living Through Chemistry" @ Judith Charles Gallery, NYCJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013
Judith Charles Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of San Diego based artist, and past Juxtapoz featured artist, Kelsey Brookes. The exhibition, Better Living Through Chemistry, is Brookes' first solo show in New York and consists of entirely new work. From his background in molecular biology, Brookes has taken his knowledge of scientific images and expanded them into extremely intricate paintings that explore the mutability of human consciousness. His painstaking process involves the painting of hundreds of concentric shapes that are both psychedelic and grounded in empiricism.
Explaining his starting point, Brookes says; "Art and science are often, and in my view incorrectly, seen as two opposing poles of a creative continuum. This is a misunderstanding of both. My recent work is a combination of my scientific background and current artistic interest- I have taken my understanding of molecular biology and married it with painting."
The artist draws from simple scientific line diagrams of molecular structures - transforming them into hypnotizing visual representations of the impact each chemical has on the mind and its experience of reality.