There are many threads, visible and invisible, that weave through the natural world and that of humankind. They connect, cross-over and inform – they are the ‘order’ of things. They wind through us and stay the journey. It is what we do on the journey that creates the ‘chance’. The outcome is not always certain, the work to get there requires rigour. Sometimes, we might alter our route, our timing varies or circumstances change, perhaps it rained that day - we act differently, something shifts. It is these unexpected events that mean the result cannot be anticipated and will never be the same for everyone, and in that, a profound and touching human beauty is revealed.
We have brought together six artists who concern themselves with these ideas. They are precise in their methods, orderly and scientific in their approach – yet all embrace and are intrigued by natural order and humankind’s place within it. Some meet this idea head on, others explore the notion of human frailty and existence and some seek to express the fundamental forces of Earth itself.
As artists they endeavour to tread the path between order and chance and tease out truth. Too ordered or perfect and the work cannot speak, too much chance and it’s a mess. They work between two poles looking for patterns in the world, then unravel and reveal. It is in this space, navigating the current between the banks of order and chance that they play their game.
We invite you be visually and intellectually stimulated as you thread your own way through this intriguing ‘Order and Chance’ exhibition and perhaps to appreciate beauty where you may not have expected to see it before.