Parallel Reality

Paintings and Digital Prints

by Adam Zynger


Adam Zynger’s background is in both art and medicine. He has exhibited internationally since high school and in Baltimore, including the BMA (Baltimore Museum of Art) as part of the Artist’s Equity. As a previous editor of Baltimore’s Artists Equity Newsletter, he published an article on Art and Science.  It touched upon an important issue of a common structural platform between art and science, pointing to a single thread of thought reflected in these two divergent disciplines: one, analytical, demanding a hypothesis, data, and reproducible results, and the other art, seemingly individualistic and whimsical, and following an unpredictable path of so highly praised originality, albeit not without adherence to certain laws.


Concurrently, Zynger’s interests include definition of visual language and an intuitive pursuit of biomorphic expressionism. His quest resulted in formation of images intuitively conceived yet physically attuned to various biophysical  processes. By no means documentary illustrations, they were actually paradigms of common phenomena, be it solar storms, branching patterns of electrical discharge, vascularity and embryo development of an egg yolk (see Solar Blast) or retinal layers (FlorCell).


Zynger’s playful encounters with digital art begun with the purchase of his first computer. The purity of color and new formal potential were just too irresistible to be missed.  He decided to share his enthusiasm with a wider audience, exploring the possibilities offered by various media software – a new perspective on “good old art”. Historically, many mathematicians have attempted to quantify an art-science relationship, but only recently it was computer-visualized as fractals, based on fractal geometry. While “the third culture” derived from humanities and science had not yet emerged, fractal art gives us the hard evidence that these two can bridge, and even establishes mathematical equations to buttress this argument. 


Importantly, the artistic endeavors throughout the ages from caves paintings, simple tool ornaments and African art, to present-day expressionist, minimalist, romantic, etc. concepts can be “rediscovered” if you will, in fractal art. This parallel thread is quite telling of the commonality of underlying structures in various forms of nature, including those of human activities. Fractal, meaning fragmented, introduces a certain degree of chaos or irregularity, which allows for flexibility of recursive iteration and infinite complexity within it.  Not infrequently, fractal images reveal a strange resemblance to familiar objects. You will find here different approaches to the same subject/object.  But far from being object - oriented, Zynger’s art is form and soul-searching.