Weird Science

Science and art have been natural bedfellows ever since Leonardo da Vinci drew flying machines from his studies of birds, or scribbled up his depictions of human anatomy based on dissections of Renaissance-era cadavers.

Valley artist Lee Davis knows this. He welcomes the wacky and wonderful world of science into his head with “Psyentifica,” a solo exhibit of acrylics on canvas and wood blocks. Scientific and psychological theories are represented here, but we may miss the underlying educational explanations because we’re too proud of ourselves for noticing cool details like the chainsaw blade dactyls (or movable claw parts, for you non-scientists) of Davis’s Crab on Acid.

Davis’s bold, brave graphics can be deceptive. The back-stories are actually quite complicated in their natural simplicity -- kind of like forward momentum must have seemed to Leonardo back in the 15th century.

Fri., June 17, 6-9 p.m., 2011


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