Friday, January 8, 2016

Quantum Reconstruction at William King Museum

Quantum Reconstructed/ William King Museum

Abingdon, Virginia, Jan 4- Feb 1

You never know who will show up for an exhibit reception! Photo credit Callie Hietala, Director of Exhibitions

The concept behind “Quantum Confusion” involves the many theories given to the existence of many, or parallel worlds, both in the disciplines of Quantum Physics and Metaphysics.  They range from solid research that can deliver actual theory-proving data, to the more esoteric work of Lewis and Kripke, which has a tendency to sound like the conversation of a couple of 1960’s era grad students on acid.  Popular media occasionally tries to produce their own version of these theories, from an episode of “Lost in Space” that scared the pants off me when I was a kid by showing characters on the program walking into another world through a special mirror portal, to the recent tv series “Fringe”.  Whether any parts of these theories eventually prove to be true remains to be seen, but with further developments in the world of Quantum Physics, we are constantly reminded that the more we discover, the less we know.

My installation originally played with the portal idea, using 4' x 8' sheets of hanging Plexiglas. I've recently been reconstructing the original layout, using the random architecture of gallery spaces and buildings at the portals with which my characters confront.  The Physicist, with her pencil and clipboard, is the only alert presence, as the other participants complacently participate in something they haven’t figured out yet.
All my work is direct drawing with charcoal and pastel pencil on birch or maple plywood. They are then varnished, cut out, back supported, and mounted on the floor stands I make.

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