Antwerp

Francq Volders

Galerij XXI

At the turn of the century, Ernst Haeckel published Kunstformen in der Natur (Artistic forms in nature), a collection of microscopic photographs of radiolarians. His book lent substance to the analogy between nature and art, an analogy that, aiming at the reconciliation of nature and science, has still lost nothing of its popularity, even today. There is hardly a scientist whose sense of beauty does not thrive in a realm somewhere between the patterns of fractal geometry and holography, an esthetic that conforms to popular notions of beauty more than to a taste for Mondrian, Malevich, or Freundlich. There is widespread scorn for this esthetic among art professionals. But their scorn is unfair so long as those who create art remain ignorant of the sciences.

Francq Volders is an artist who approaches this issue from both sides, invoking both art and science. The ten untitled works he showed

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