The mathematics of chaos

‘Original Chaos’ is the title of an exhibition of work by Joey Hehir that is on display at the Old Callan Co-op on Green Street in Callan until October 15.

‘Original Chaos’ is the title of an exhibition of work by Joey Hehir that is on display at the Old Callan Co-op on Green Street in Callan until October 15.

As the artist explains the concept:

“Nature is governed by numbers.

“The universe we live in exists in a balance of complicated relationships governed by equations. It is mathematics that harbours the secrets to these equations.

“Chaos describes how everything is fundamentally in disorder. Equations iterated over time tend to become unpredictable. An example of this is found in weather prediction where complex equation systems are used to foresee weather patterns. These predictions are seldom completely accurate.

“Equations can be graphed in order to present outcomes and with repeated iterations complex patterns are formed. Some patterns seem to re-occur regularly. Spirals describe vast galaxies and the pattern of a snail’s shell. Pentagrams are seen in the form of starfish and in relation to planetary orbits.

“These patterns have also found their way into human art and consciousness, such as the ancient spirals on the entrance rock at Newgrange. The pentagram has become, for some, a religious symbol and, for Morocco, a symbol of nationhood.

“This display of work is a visualisation of many basic shapes found in nature, which are iterated using mathematical procedures in order to mirror the beauty of nature.”