Heresies is the second of two new exhibitions that are part of a special initiative supported by the Art Fund's RENEW scheme.
Taking place at the Tower Building, University of Dundee, the exhibition explores the enduring influence of the institution's first Professor of Biology, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson. Thompson's famously unconventional publication On Growth and Form has appealed to artists as much as scientists since its publication almost a century ago.Heresies, includes responses from B E Cole, Stuart Mackenzie and Roger Wilson to D'Arcy Thompson's work, ideas and collections. His descriptive approach to biological investigation was met with confusion in the wider scientific community, where evolution had become the dominant doctrine, so it was Thompson himself who first referred to his research as Heresy, hence the title of the exhibition.The title also has a resonance for artists, particularly since Thompson's ideas were instrumental in the work of many artists in the first half of the 20th century who sought to use imagery derived from the natural world without recourse to academic naturalism. Each artist in the exhibition works in a variety of contrasting media, but all have a shared concern with the parallels between natural, scientific and artistic processes of transformation. Find out more about the Art Fund's RENEW scheme.