'Entropy' explores our relationship with a Universe in the perpetual, dynamic process of transformation. The Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that all usable energy in the Universe continually degrades and that Entropy, the measurement of this disorder, always increases. Entropy also implies the, 'arrow of time', the only irrefutable proof we have that yesterday preceded today.
With this new show Jim Glover and José Garcia Huidoboro revisit the subject of entropy 10 years after they first exhibited on the subject. Drawing, painting and Sculpture all involve the input of a certain quantity of energy over time to generate forms which in turn become a record of that very energy.
Rudolf Arnheim, in his 1971 essay on 'Entropy and Art' stated that, 'order is a necessary condition for anything the human mind is to understand.' Arnheim's ideas came out of his background in Gestalt Psychology, a theory which tried to understand by what means we order our sensory perceptions in an apparently chaotic world, and how that process informs language and thought. This view of the development of human psychology led him to the belief that artistic expression was the forum in which we explore and extend the boundaries of perception.
Glover's paintings and drawings deftly marry elements of complexity and simplicity, to create images that allow the mind space to wander, whilst simultaneously probing the boundaries of traditional Euclidian space. Huidoboro's sculptures and machines present us with manifestations of this human urge to harness the elements of nature, and mould them into newly ordered forms whose function is impossible to categorise.
At a time when we are becoming increasingly aware of the finitude of our planets resources, questions of how we engage with it seem more relevant than ever. Ours is an age of scientific realities, which have for many people displaced religious certainties of the past, but 'Entropy' presents us with an exciting model of how both can live side by side.
Jim Glover is a Painter, born in London in 1983. He works in both figurative and abstract forms, always with an interest in perception and ontological questions of human experience. He studied at the City & Guilds School of Art, where he was awarded a prize for his studies by the Worshipful Company of Painters & Stainers in 2011. Jim assisted artist Mychael Barratt in the painting of the Mile End Mural as part of the 2012 Olympic regeneration.
Jose Garcia Huidoboro is an Argentine artist born in Buenos Aires in 1982. He mainly works on sculpture and new media, but also explores poetry and writing as a visual image. He graduated from Royal College of Art in 2009. His work, where sculpture, experimental design and technology merge into one object, challenge materials in a constant dialogue with natural forces, exploring new ways to harness them.