Venice International Art Fair December 16, 2021 - January 10, 2022
Frost Crystals - Random Spontaneous Order on Display
EXHIBITION REVIEW: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR
INTERVIEW: PATRICK LYSAGHT
If we film a wine glass shattering and play it in reverse, we see random pieces of glass come together to form a crystalline wine glass. We know that doesn't happen. Yet geometrically precise frost crystals beautifully emerge and evolve from chance interactions of random water vapor molecules. This contradicts what we know about our world of increasing entropy marked by aging and deterioration, where time is a one-way street. What's going on?
For the molecules involved, crystallization is indeed, low entropy, but there is no free lunch and time does not flow backwards. The process of forming well-ordered structures like stars, frost and people gives off heat to the environment with a net increase in entropy.
I try to capture this paradox of exquisite structures spontaneously emerging in our world of increasing randomness and disorder. My images represent lyrical portraits of entropy!