The Universe of Babel by Alvaro de Jesus

The Universe of Babel by Alvaro de Jesus

What is the nature of knowledge? Epistemology has dealt with this question throughout the history of philosophy. From Plato, we asked ourselves, how do we know what we know? Philosophers from Hume to Descartes have given us different answers to these questions. Science now proposes a different path to finding what is true. A model-based reality in which we can make sense of the Universe.   Alvaro’s work reflects on these questions from a scientific perspective. “I create an imaginary universe inspired by novelist Jorge Luis Borges’ short story, Library of Babel.”   Alvaro De Jesus was born in Caracas, 1983.  He studied engineering in Caracas and Bordeaux and obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and later a masters degree in IESA.  As an engineering student he was particularly interested in theoretical physics and mathematics. In France he further advanced his knowledge of production techniques at L’Ecole National Superior des Arts et Métiers. He began his artistic career by investigating the relationship between art and science, his two passions, and found a largely overlooked subject that would become the center of his work. Since 2013 he started doing thorough research on the subject by advancing his knowledge on both fields, and particularly drawing attention to the subject of morality and how art and science work together in shaping our ethics. He currently works at the LFA studio in Miami alongside world-renowned artists. The artist draws inspiration from kinetic masters and reinterprets the relevance of the movement as a metaphor of the relationship between art and science.   We invite you to question knowledge and what you think you know.   The Universe of Babel will run from November 30, 2017 through February 28, 2018. The artist will be present at the opneing reception from 6pm-10pm. The exhibit and the Artist Talk is free and open to the public in the lobby of the Aloft Miami Brickell Hotel. For additional information please contact Nathalie Rodriguez, c. 305.812.8358.   www.aloftmiamibrickell.com www.alvarodejesusart.com
Alvaro de Jesus     Art and science are the highest triumphs of the human spirit.   Science and art go hand in hand in shaping the way we think about the Universe, and our place in it. Science is a way of systematically exploring the world around us and discovering the hidden truths of the Universe. Art on the other hand is systematically challenging the status quo and making us reflect on the deeper meaning that scientific discoveries entail.   Morality is one area that is deeply influenced by art and science. Our views on morality are vastly influenced by our increasing understanding of nature, advanced by science, and the debate created on how we relate to that new information, fostered by art. Through my work I defend the thesis that art and science work together to propose moral values to society.   Even though neither science nor art are belief systems, both have common values that make them work: respect for truth, disregard for authority, intellectual honesty, elegance and beauty, search for reality, skepticism, free enquiry, experimentation.   The use of kinetic art is key to my goal as I watch how the observer of the art piece becomes in a sense a scientist by observing the optical illusion, being skeptic about what its being perceived and curious about how it works, looks at the piece from different angles and sets up experiments to find the truth behind the illusion, going beyond an aesthetic beauty and discovering the conceptual beauty behind it.