The exhibition string theory, on view at the Hyde Park Art Center from November 28, 2012 until February 13, 2013, presents artist Bette Cerf Hill’s abstract paintings representing concepts of energy and entropy. Also included in the exhibition will be a site-specific installation by the long-time Art Center community member, featuring the use of physical string—in the form of drawings made with thread and cotton cord—to represent the invisible “strings” of the scientific theory of the same name. Originally inspired by the notion of super string theory—or “the theory of everything,” as it has been called—Hill operates from a position based on the scientific notion that all particles are connected over space and time, and creates a multi-dimensional artwork addressing the interconnectivity of all life.
Bette Cerf Hill is a Chicago-based artist mostly known for making figurative work in acrylic on canvas and charcoal on paper. Her past projects include a series of paintings and drawings about subjects ranging from what she calls “Renaissance faces” to making portraits of stones. Her paintings have been exhibited locally at the Chicago Cultural Center, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, and Archeworks, as well as in galleries in New York and Massachusetts. Hill attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied both ceramics and painting, and The Grande Chaumier, Paris, France, to focus on painting.
Bette Cerf Hill: string theory will be on view from November 18, 2012 to February 13, 2013 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and www.hydeparkart.org. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.
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