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All Within The Circle Of Willis

The origin of life on Earth has been the focus of both religion and science for as long as they have existed and is essential to the foundation of any world view. A world view however is subjective; and like religion and science, like our understanding of ourselves and our perception of the world, is flawed and mutable.

The 21st century western world view of the evolution of life on Earth is founded on concepts born of the industrial revolution and distorted by a post war materialist fantasy. This perspective has been formed by new myths, the myths of science. One of the great myths of science is gradual progress through competition, Natural Selection, the idea that individual organisms struggle against one another competing for the prize of survival. This 21st century creation myth is being reformed in the face of a centuries old foundation, now crumbling, unable to withstand the weight of so many new anomalous functions of the living earth.

The notion of a beginning stems from the Old Testament concept of creation and the development of a lineage. Western science came directly out of the Christian church and was still using their creation myth until very recently. This basic starting point neglects the now obvious circumstance that all organisms live, reproduce and die in symbiosis with each other and their environment, exchanging resources as a growing cooperative whole with no individual separation and no need for the metaphor of competition. Today western science institutions proclaim the uselessness of religion while maintaining a structurally identical metaphor for their story of evolution, that everything was created from nothing and developed through the imperial laws of nature, one step at a time slowly growing ever closer to the present incarnation of us, the Immaculate Homo.

In the process of evolution viruses act as a catalyst transferring information between organisms from the six kingdoms of life: Archaea, Bacteria, Protista, Plantae, Fungi, and Animalia. Viruses are information itself, the seventh kingdom of life. It was through the free hands of the first ancient bipedal apes that this seventh kingdom of life allowed an external manifestation of information, tools, technology. It was these created objects that gave birth to humanity by shaping the behaviour of our ancestors and fuelling the expansion of an object-centric consciousness.

We have not made our world. Man does not have dominion over nature; rather the flow of information, viruses and the symbiotic interaction of all the kingdoms of life defines our world. Our ability to create artifacts is like the reef building coral polyp; we construct homes which makes it possible for us to thrive in differing environments the same way that the calcite apartment blocks of the coral define their polyp world.

This symbiotic relationship between externalized information in the form of technology and internalized information in the form of thought created our symbolic language and gave rise to our gods, mysteries and science. Ideas, myths and scientific theories are shaping our minds and bodies everyday, domesticating populations and forming cultures. This world view is not separate from our technologies, ideas and viruses, it is dictated by them. The use of tools and the inseparable link between our minds and the things they create is a reciprocal process, all within the circle of willis, empires are built not with tools but by them.

Million Years Ago = MYA

Anthropic history
Hadean 4500 MYA
Archean 3800 MYA
Proterozoic 2500 MYA
Cryogenian thermo genesis 800.2 MYA
Cambrian 542 MYA
Ordovician 488 MYA
End Ordovician 443.7 MYA
Silurian 443 MYA
Devonian 416 MYA
End Devonian 374.3 MYA
Carboniferous 359 MYA
Permian 299 MYA
End Permian 251.4 MYA
Triassic 250 MYA
End Triassic 201.5 MYA
Jurassic 199 MYA
Cretaceous 145 MYA
End Cretaceous 65.8 MYA
Paleocene 64 MYA
Paleocene/Eocene 55.8 MYA
Eocene 40.4 MYA
Oligocene 34 MYA
Oligocene/Miocene 25.7 MYA
Miocene 23 MYA
Miocene/Pliocene 6.1 MYA
Pliocene 5.3 MYA
Pleistocene 2.5 MYA
Immaculate Homo 1.8 MYA

  Anthropic history - Mat Brown  

Mat Brown

Working entirely with ink on matte board Mat Brown's drawing style is clean and graphically intense. The subject matter is always the most important feature of his work and the style implemented acts as an easy to understand delivery system for the symbols and ideas presented.

The Circle of Willis is an antiquated name for the arterial circle at the base of the brain that receives and distributes all the blood that is pumped up the two internal carotid arteries traveling into the brain. This crucial artery supplies the brain and all its functions with fuel, elegantly wrapped around the pituitary gland, the Circle of Willis serves as a gateway between mind and body. All within the Circle of Willis refers to the belief that the worldview of any and all individuals is the most important aspect of their lives. The western worldview is dictated largely by science and science is a socially constructed language we use to define our reality, art is another. Reuniting art and science is, for Mat, one of the most important roles for western artists of the twenty first century. Brown works with the notion that art has become far to insular, focusing almost entirely on itself deconstructing its own culture over and over again. All within the circle of Willis is a project that attempts to begin reconstructing a narrative history of the western perspective with contradiction and cultural context.

Curriculum Vitae

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2011 November 18 - December 21
Ineffable Plasticity, MOCCA (Museum of contemporary Canadian art)
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities, MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) New York, NY
2011 TorontoHeartsJapan, presented by Narwhal Gallery, Toronto
2010 Gifts by Artist, Art Metroplole, Toronto
2009 Darwin Exhibition, University of Guelph, presented by Ed video*
Bakers dozen, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
2008 ARCO, solo project presented by David liss, MOCCA*
Galerie Begona Malone, Madrid, Spain
Christmas Show, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
2007 Art Mur, Montreal
Summer Splash, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
2006 Darkness Ascends, MOCCA, Toronto*
20th Anniversary Show, Christopher Cutts gallery, Toronto
BlazeDays, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
Galerie Begona Malone, Madrid, Spain
2005 Various group exhibits
Society for Arts on Paper , Montreal
2004 Solo
Lamour Mort, portraits of the Dead Love generation
Society for Arts on Paper, Montreal
2003-2000 The NEW ROMANTICS, Revolver gallery
Broke Down, The Anniversary show, A Level gallery
The machine and the flesh, The anniversary show, Art System
Blender, Mix Magazine Exhibition
Efficiency, Enders Game, The Anniversary Show
Blender 3, Mind Control gallery, Toronto


2011 Scope Basel, Switzerland
2010 Scope Basel, Switzerland
ARCO, Madrid
Scope NY, USA
Toronto international, Canada
2009 FIAC, Paris France
Scope NY, USA
Scope, Basel, Switzerland
Art Fair, Tokyo
2008 ARCO Madrid, Spain
Toronto international, Canada
Scope Basel, Switzerland
2007 Scope NY, USA
DC Duesseldorf, Germany
Art Brussels, Germany
SCOPE Basel, Switzerland
2006 Scope NY, USA
Berliner-Liste, Germany
2005 Scope Miami, USA
2004 Art Fierra Bologna, Italy
Basel international art fair, Switzerland
2003 Artissima international art fair, Italy
Basel international art fair, Switzerland
Basel Miami, USA
Art Cologne, Germany
2002 Artissima international art fair, Italy
Basel international art fair, Switzerland
Santa Fe New Mexico art fair, U.S.


2010 The Toronto Arts Council, established
2009 The Ontario Council for the Arts, Project Grant
2008 The Toronto Arts Council, Project Grant


2009 Beautiful Decay, 16 page feature article, U.S.
2008 Buffalo Magazine, Spain
2007 ART/ES, Spain
2006 The Toronto Star, Peter Goddard
2004 La Press, Montreal
The Mirror, Montreal
2003 MIX magazine feature, Canada
(also featured on various blogs and websites)

Preparatory Work