Brookline, MA (PressExposure) January 31, 2009 -- Could it be that genius is less a matter of genetics than of passion and perspective?
What is the profound secret that led the great minds of the Renaissance to such astonishing breakthroughs and discoveries during a time when information was comparatively limited?
Those are but a couple of the many questions behind LOST IN LEARNING, an art project exploring the idea of a modern educational Renaissance through a visual investigation of the previous one.
The core of the project is a collection of Black and White photographs offering a unique glimpse of great historical figures alongside their manuscripts and various artifacts of exploration (courtesy Harvard Universityâs Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments). Visual narratives portrayed in the collection include a prism creatively placed upon Isaac Newtonâs book on Opticks to refract the word Light and a collage where Galileoâs gazes fondly upon his sketch of the moon.
The sfumato nuances within these mono-color photographs convey the aura of mystery and wonder oft associated with the Renaissance. Yet, the imagery also brings these larger-than-life figures down to a level where the everyday learner can relate.
âThese were men and women not so much different than you or meâ, says photographer Eva Timothy, the creative force behind the project. âThese people were not simply born to greatness. They were individuals who cultivated such a powerful sense of creative curiosity that nothing could stop them from fulfilling their desires for discovery.â
This is a message which Eva enthusiastically voices during her frequent visits with schools, libraries and universities as she urges learners of all ages to make the most out of life through a positive, take-charge perspective on education.
The Lost in Learning collection will be on display at The New England Institute of Art Gallery on the Plaza from February 10th â March 20th. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge.
For gallery information call The Gallery on the Plaza at (617) 582-4617. For further information on the Lost in Learning project visit online at http://www.lostinlearning.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617)-470-4789.