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Occam's Razor: Art, Science, & Aesthetics
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts

Call for works of Art inspired by Science

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
- Pablo Picasso
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
- Albert Einstein

These entwined ideas – which underlie Occam's Razor – form a thread that links the realms of science and art. Scientists rely on Occam's Razor, which holds that simpler explanations, all things being equal, are better than more complex ones, to refine their theories and experiments. Artists also may use the precepts of Occam's Razor in their choices of what to include, and what not to include, in their work.

As an artist, how do you respond to the ideas, methodologies and imagery of science? As a scientist, how do you appreciate the artistic value of your work? How does simplicity inspire your aesthetic choices? Do you wield Occam's Razor, peeling away the unnecessary to arrive at beauty and simplicity? Does simplicity equate with beauty?

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (PCVA) and the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre are calling for works of art inspired by science, for a group exhibition that examines similarities in practice amongst scientists and artists. With reference to Occam's Razor, the exhibition will seek to narrow the cultural divide between Art and Science.

Work selected will be shown at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts from April 2-20, 2014, as well as at the !dea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre, May 3-June 1, 2014. (!dea Gallery showing may be modified based on space requirements).

Kathe Merilovich, Artist, Initiator of Occam's Razor Project
Ana Klasnja, M.A., Idea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre, Invited Curator
Robin Kingsburgh, B.Sc., Ph.D., Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/ School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University and Division of Natural Science, York University
Stephen Morris, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Michelle Letarte, Ph.D., Department of Immunology, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children

Other ways to submit:

Submissions may be mailed to or dropped off at PCVA on a USB Key by January 14, 2014 and must include the non-refundable entry fee (cheque, money order) payable to Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish USB Key to be returned. We do not accept submissions via email.


'Occam's Razor' c/o Kathe Merilovich,
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
984 Queen Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 1H1

Submissions* to include:

One (1) image in JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF- 1200 pixels (max.) on the longest edge. Max file size 1MB.
Your first and last name, address, phone number, and e-mail.
Details including: Title | Year | Medium | Size | Value.
A 75-word statement (to be used as a label) describing how the artwork relates to science.
Note of any special requirements for exhibiting.
Optional: Links to additional images, installation shots, video or CV.
Non-refundable entry fee payable to Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts;
$50 per piece, $25 per piece for students with student ID (undergraduate, graduate), HST included.

* All submissions are subject to a fee that covers PCVA exhibition costs.

closes on
Tue January 14, 2014 11:59 pm EST
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
984 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M6J1H1

contact Name
Kathe Merilovich
contact Position
Initiator of Occam's Razor Project
Exhibition dates
Wednesday, April 9th 2014
Sunday, April 27th 2014
$50.00 CAD per submission

$25.00 CAD per submission


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