Dunk City and Chaos are on a collision course. In March, the FGCU Eagles wreaked havoc on brackets nationwide as they made their record-setting run through the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Now, Chaos artist London Amara will pay homage to the imperceptible events that culminated in Dunk City’s discovery by stunned ESPN college basketball analysts and millions of unsuspecting sports fans.
Amara’s development as a pre-eminent abstract artist has been shaped by thousands of seemingly inconsequential events. “They forced me to accept chaos as part of life,” she acknowledges. As in Chaos Theory - the idea that small changes in a system can result in very large changes later on. Or as Ian Malcolm explained in the cult hit Jurassic Park, “a butterfly can flap its wings in Peking, and in Central Park you get rain instead of sunshine.”
Chaos Theory is used today to study everything from the stock market to brain waves during epilepsy. And thanks to Amara, it’s being applied to art as well. On the heels of her critically-acclaimed solo Chaos exhibition at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Amara will use her formidable talent and Chaos Theory to create a large-scale abstract for this year’s Night at the Nest fundraiser that culminates in a dinner and gala at Alico Arena on Sunday, December 8.
Although she won’t divulge what she has in mind, Amara is no stranger to creating big, breathtaking sports-themed art. In 2012, she was commissioned to make an artwork honoring Tampa Bay Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier. She immediately set about incorporating 998 custom-cut hockey pucks into a 9 x 7 foot assemblage painting that now hangs in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. That’s one puck for each game Lecavalier had played to that point in his career. She perceptively left room for two more pucks, which were inserted after the four-time All Star and future Hall of Famer skated in his 1,000th game.
“My heart is wrapped around FGCU,” says Amara, who’s just returned to Southwest Florida after a five-year absence. “I followed FGCU’s birth and early development and was astonished by the progress the university’s made since I left in 2008.” Now that she’s back, London is intent on helping further the Athletic Department’s mission of fostering ethically-based, gender equitable sportsmanship and fair play.
All proceeds from the annual Night at the Nest auction and gala go directly to provide support for athletic programs, coaches and student-athletes during a time when FGCU Athletics is experiencing increased operational costs and budget cuts. For more information or to make live and silent auction donations, please contact Director of Athletics Advancement Graham J. Diemer at 239-590-7107 or email@example.com.