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About the Artist: Rob Aikey
Born: London, England
Bachelor of Arts, Art History, University of North Texas
Change, in my opinion is related to self organization, that is the synergy of a system that presently the analytical sciences do not adequately master. We have no proven means of measuring synergy in our social systems, yet synergy contributes to the organization and survival of our social systems by introducing measured change. Is art the synergy? Measurable? No. But changing? Yes. Constantly. Further, I believe that a dynamical system consists of an abstract phase space or state space, whose coordinates describe the dynamical state at any instant. Dynamical rules specify the immediate future trend of all state variables, given only the present values of those same state variables. Dynamical systems, therefore are “deterministic” if there is a unique consequent to every state, and espcially if there is more than one consequent chosen from some probability distribution. i.e. the “perfect” coin toss has two consequents with equal probability for each initial state. It should be noted that most of the nonlinear sciences deal with deterministic systems.
If chaos begins with logic, the formalization of a mathematical equation,then art too, begins with logic. Formalize the rules of logic into a mathematical formula, plot the result, and you will have created an order, a creation in itself. Add to this, self-similar design, the element of human consciousness, and you will have created art, art that changes the viewer, art that changes the creator.
Effects on my art: I have been interested in Chaos Theory since the mid 1980’s. I feel that my constant meanderings and experimentations in thought related to Chaos, has had a significant impact on my art, if not in a stylistic manner, at the very least philosophically. I have always maintained a duality in my life, one of order and one in which I allow chance to guide my actions. I believe creating art has a way of forcing me to work with order: the canvas, brushes, colour, etc, but chance is ultimately what guides me in the composition, the choice of colour, and the final result. Like any dynamical system, I take a systematic approach to the creation of the stretcher, the stretching of the canvas, and the plotting of anticipated results (the sketch), but when it is finished, the element of human consciousness is what has taken over. That is the element that cannot be plotted, or driven by order, that is the element of Chance.