Black spots, dashes, lines, silhouettes... on a white background. This is Ariel Ruiz i Altaba’s artistic universe. “Minimal Landscapes” – living cosmic dimensions made visible and tangible.
Stains of cellular textures, genomes close-ups and human identity captured are this outstanding artist's world. Such deep intersection of art with science springs from his 'other' passion. He is also a scientist and professor at the Department of Genetic Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Fascinating and sometimes intriguing images give the beholder freedom and space for personal interpretation and involvement. Ruiz i Altaba’s “Minimal Landscapes” in their ingenuous simplicity minimizes the universe to a simple black spot, though giving way to expand that spot to cosmic dimensions. From the particular to the transcendental, by the way of zen.
Yun-Hee Toh, the daughter of a renowned Korean scientist and known for her paintings in „Search of Beauty Embedded in the Mysteries and Cycles of Nature – Both Finite and Infinite“ is the perfect match to Ariel’s artistic approach to the similar subjects. In her attempts to move beyond the surface beauty, she searched deep within the cellular realm where an untold number of micro-universes exist. “This microscopic perspective resulted in paintings saturated with the
nebulous substance of all living things”
In “Genesis” both protagonists unveil and materialize the innermost secrets of the basic elements of existing life. The artist/scientist (Ariel) with his profound knowledge and unique aesthetics on one side; the artist (Toh) on the other, who gives color and shape to her most intimate feelings of what life ultimately is.
To bridge the scientific and artistic worlds was the challenge put to Laurence Geoffrey, Ltd and the Swiss Embassy in Seoul. Thanks to the Korea Foundation and its Cultural Center, "Genesis - the project” which has started - a year ago - as a smallest possible cell, has become the symbiotic "Genesis - the Exhibition".