Self Portrait Collage

Merrill in exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
January 2014 - April 2014

The butterfly effect is a phenomenon explored in chaos theory. It proposes that systems can be impacted by initial conditions of small change that may lead to an unpredictable outcome. The idea suggests that a very subtle action, in this case the flapping of the wings of a butterfly, has the potential to significantly alter a set of circumstances leading to the occurrence of a massive event. This escalated circumstance resonates with repeated patterns that accumulate, often changing in space and evolving over time. Butterfly Effect is an exploration of this idea through a look at works from the Kemper Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition includes works by Hugh Merrill, Polly Apfelbaum, John Kalymnios, and Christian Boltanski.

–Hugh Merrill