“JEREMY THOMAS: STRUCTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS” OPENING RECEPTION
How do we see? Where do emotions come from? Can we trace the mysterious pathways of perception, cognition, recognition, and emotion that weave and intertwine within the body and the mind? What structures, what essential base pairs of life, society, and consciousness, form the matrix beneath it all?
Jeremy Thomas is always asking questions. He follows threads of inquiry carefully, persistently; using his art as the net he casts out into the dark as he goes. This continuing exploration colors (quite literally) the shape and form of the work he creates. In this way, each series of work from Thomas forms a kind of record – not of answers – but of a process of investigation, an experience of the world, seen through a unique lens.
The work Thomas brings to Structural Consciousness is no exception. The primary installation of sculptures comes from a new series, years in the making. Those familiar with Thomas’ inflated steel sculptures, will recognize the basic format of the pieces. However, a closer look reveals a new structural vocabulary at work here. Longer, multi-faceted, and complicated with new and repeating shapes, these forms are Thomas’ artistic interpretations of the chemical structures of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and glutamate. These fundamental and essential forms opened up a new set of geometries to Thomas: benzene rings, strings of linked circles and hexagons, the varied patterns of carbon atoms. Each piece, a separate part of the puzzle, interacts with the next – forming a whole that describes a larger, shifting balance of chemical interactions in the brain.