Objects of Wonder, curated by David Familian and guest-curator Madeline Schwartzman, brings together a wide range of international artists whose work investigates the mystery and wonder of the everyday world around us. Artists explore biological and physical science themes such as time, light, energy, evolution, and changes of state. They draw upon thermodynamic explosions, asteroidal activity, fluid turbulence, insect behavior, natural selection, gravity, and other natural phenomena to create sculptures, drawings, paintings, videos, sound art, gadgets, and installations. The juxtaposition of their work raises intriguing questions for visitors to consider: What is the connection between a perpetual coffee cup vortex (Antony Hall) and a coordinated array of bouncing basketballs (Pascal Sisto)? What does a bacteria-inspired doily (Laura Splan) have to do with the purposeful genetic engineering of new species for humankind’s zoological desires (Kathryn Fleming)?
The exhibition is on view from October 3, 2015 through January 26, 2016 at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, Trevor School of Art, University of California, Irvine.
Images courtesy of Beall Center for Art and Technology.
James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau