Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite

Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite
Library Shelf Location 18.MCEL
Publication Date 2012
Description Cosmology and universe in works of glass, mirror, light, and color. Josiah McElheny (*1966 in Boston) explores the representation of time and space through the medium of glass, one of the oldest forms of object making in human history. Inspired by the design objects of daily life, such as glassware or chandeliers, he develops abstract sculptures and complex installations. This publication features examples of his work from the past fifteen years, and in particular it traces the artist’s investigation of the concept of infinity, which he links to thinking about utopia. For instance, infinity is used as a constant in mathematical equations that allow scientists to speculate about things and phenomena unseen, just as utopia is a historical construct that permits unrealized yet aspirational activities. McElheny unfolds this intellectual matrix by pairing the futuristic ideas of theorist R. Buckminster Fuller with the mid-century sensuality of artist Isamu Noguchi, or by working with scientists to make accurate representations of the Big Bang. Exhibition schedule: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, June 22–October 14, 2012.
ISBN 9783775733311
Quantity 1
Pages 144
Author Helen Molesworth
Format Hardback
Publisher Hatje Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart and Berlin
Related Artist Josiah McElheny
Category Contemporary Craft
Keywords Mathematics, Time, Science, Space (universe)
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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