San Francisco based artist Casey Cripe describes himself as an “artist-scientist”, and his multimedia works as maps of the infinite landscapes of self, life, and the universe. The title of his current exhibition “One is All is One” at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco centers around a universal concept: while the world is big and vast, little things like people and animals are what keep it going. With death, comes life, and when we die, the world continues on and moves forward in this continuous cycle. Cripe composes many of his works, which vary from the surreal to increasingly abstract, based on Renaissance diagrams and architectural drawings. Perhaps the most widely recognized is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man”, outlining the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry.
Back in 1490, when Leonardo’s drawing was produced, man had a very limited understanding of the workings of the universe. Christopher Columbus famously had concerns about what would happen if he got to the bottom of our spherical planet. Scientists had to use a combination of their knowledge and imagination to fill in these gaps. While we have come a long way to understanding how our solar system and bodies function, imagination is still what drives the journey. Similarly, Cripe uses a blend of fantasy and fact to create his maps. He says, “These maps that I craft are not only to chart and guide my own path, but also the paths of all fellow humans,” adding, “We as individuals and as a species are lost and blind, blundering through the historical landscape, hurtling through a dark cosmos of known and unknown existential threats, desperate for any and all navigational aids that might light the way toward our destination.”