Art Science Undergraduate Society Presents: Movement

The UCLA Art Science Undergraduate Society's mission statement is to bridge the divide between North and South campus as a group of students from all majors that creates science-inspired art. I had the pleasure of attending their spring art show of movement. 

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(Photo taken by me.)

I heard that compared to last year's exhibit, this one was much bigger and better prepared. There were a lot of visitors, and it really had a nice atmosphere. People from all disciplines had come together to prepare this art show of movement; there were bio majors, physics majors, chemistry majors, history majors, and art majors. The coming together of this show seemed to be a movement of its own. 

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(Photo taken by me and edited by friend.)

The type of pieces varied from traditional hand drawn art, mixed media, audio, digital art, sculptures, and more.

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(Photos taken by me.)

This particular piece by Ames Ma had to do with the movement of the hand and the parts of the body that are involved in movement: nerves, bones, muscles, and veins. Although it wasn't entirely accurate biologically, it definitely had the major structures included. I noticed, however, that her depictions for muscles and nerves were inaccurate. Some of the muscles placements were off, and actual nerve structure within the hand is actually quite basic, so it would've been really neat if she accurately taken them into account. It would have definitely bolstered the scientific aspect of it. A comparison of actual nerves and muscles within hands are shown below.

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(Images from "Anatomy of Human Hand" and "General Anatomy.")

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This piece by Christina Kong depicts the brain as a hand-made flip book. I really liked this piece and how it related each part of the brain with its function as a flip book. My favorite part of the flip book had to be the gyrus where a music note was "eaten" by a character, which made me think that this was the part of the brain where "sound" was digested. It was a very creative take on the processes of the brain.

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(Image from "The Central Nervous System")


However, I'm not sure that her sections of the brain were entirely accurate. Taken from a purely biological standpoint, I think she should've been a bit more accurate with her sections, because the temporal lobe seems a bit too big from how she did it--although it is also true that every individual varies. It also bothered me that there was a random gap where the auditory/sensory cortex was located. I think this was probably due to the limitations of her medium, post-it notes, but as a science-art show, I think the science behind these pieces should be careful and accurate as to not mislead the public. 

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This piece by Taylor Leong depicted the movement of a ballerina during a specific dance move known as the Grand Jete. I personally did not find this piece very inspiring and it seemed a bit cliche to show frames of a single movement on the same page. In addition, I think it would've been better to show the movement from the ground up, because she is missing many key frames of how the knee moves during this move. However, her description of her piece really made it stand out. She talked about the physics behind this type of dance move which made it a lot more interesting. 

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This piece by Audrey Min depicted various movements of the body on a single sheet of paper. However, unlike the other pieces, they weren't simply frames of a single movement. They were very complex and contained movement of multiple characters. The piece was very hectic yet very appealing as well. I really liked how she also included the brushstrokes and ink splats as a type of movement on paper as though to show us the exact steps she took in creating this piece. This duality of movement made this piece really stand out from the others.

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This final piece was a collaboration with all the members of ASUS, but Mickey Shi was in charge of making the map. I thought it was very creative how they decided to show how people of various majors actually do visit both sides of the UCLA campus. North campus majors do travel to south campus, and south campus do travel to north campus. This interactive map connected both the mission statement of ASUS and the theme of the art show: movement. I also really liked how visitors were able to mark their own pathways on the map as well. Although I really enjoyed the concept, I think it may have been better to have done it digitally, because this might have allowed for each person's path to be a different color and it might have created a really unique pattern that could then be transferred on paper. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this art show as a compilation of works from various backgrounds; however, I do think some science/factual evidence was overlooked in many of the pieces. This may be due to the fact that some of the artists did not have an intensive scientific background, but for the future, thorough research may help in really uniting the concept of science and art together. 

 

References

"Anatomy of the Human Hand." Patients is a Virtue. 27 July 2014. Web. 16 May 2015.

"Art Science Undergrad Society." Instagram. Web. 16 May 2015.

"General Anatomy." SparkNotes. 2011. Web. 16 May 2015.

"Grand Jete." Youtube. 8 Mar. 2008. Web. 16 May 2015.

"The Central Nervous System." Candela Open Courses. Web. 16 May 2015.