Kurt Godwin / Philosophy of Nature
June 2, 2011 - July 10, 2011

Kurt Godwin explores the nature of our universe by juxtaposing ancient alchemical emblems, personal symbols, and esoteric iconography with contemporary scientific diagrams. How they overlap and reconfigure by chance questions whether age-old, arcane symbolism is mirrored in modern science.

Artists' Reception / Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 4 to 6 pm

Artists' Statement / Appropriating scientific diagrams that explain natural phenomenon functions both as a “ready-made” choice of color palette and as a form of non-traditional landscape painting through the use of symbolism. These contemporary diagrams are layered with ancient alchemical emblems, personal symbols, and iconography of other esoteric belief systems that create a visual juxtaposition whose ultimate composition employs the element of chance. The possibility is raised that the age-old, arcane symbolism is mirrored in modern science: Both are attempts at understanding the natural world and universe we inhabit.

Biography / Kurt Godwin has exhibited his artwork regularly around the Washington, DC metro region and in numerous shows around the nation for nearly 30 years. Kurt received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 1982. After earning an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996, he has been employed by VCU as the Northern Virginia Coordinator (and art instructor) for the VCU/MIS Off Campus Art Program. Philosophy of Nature is a body of work related to another solo exhibition nine years prior at the McLean Project for the Arts, Twelve Keys and the Glass House. Kurt lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Karin and dog Mitchell where he enjoys building flat stonewalls.