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Art exhibit brings chemistry and visual art together

Posted: November 27th, 2019
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An art gallery exhibit titled “Of System of Elements” by Matt Drissell, Dordt University art professor, will be open to the public from December 3 to mid-January. The show will be held in the Dordt University Art Gallery located in the Campus Center, and will include a reception and artist talk on December 4 from 7-8 p.m. The artist talk will commence around 7:15 p.m.

The exhibit takes its name from the Russian translation of part of the title of Dmitri Mendeleev’s original periodic table. This year marks the 150th anniversary of its publication. Created for the Elemental Kingdom Project, this exhibit features tiles of elements that will eventually be combined to create a wall-sized periodic table in the Science and Technology Center. 

“This project brings chemistry and visual art together,” says Drissell. “To begin with, the art making media itself is rooted in the lab-its resonance and permanence are thanks to chemists and their creativity. I then draw with the charcoal, graphite, and ink, creating lines and shapes that suggest atoms and structure, biology and industry. Subsequent colors are added indirectly with thin layers of paints, further enhancing and defining the imagery.”

The community is welcome to visit Dordt’s free art exhibit, which is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.