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Controlled Chaos 

Wednesday, Feb 20 2013
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The symmetry of a dew-laden spiderweb. The whorls and lines etched into your skin. The swirling clouds of gas and dust being pushed out from a distant supernova. The universe is full of some heart-stoppingly beautiful visuals. Science is ever making new discoveries too, though as any researcher can tell you, sometimes it's the accidents that lead you to uncover the next big revelation. Art can work the same way. The exhibition "Permutation Unfolding" brings together a group of artists using this type of intuitive process in their practice and focuses on the biological shapes that often result. Sandra Ono starts with the most utilitarian of materials (rubber bands, dental floss, nail polish) but transforms them into wonderfully eerie sculptures that look like they could have crawled up onto their plinths all on their own. Peter Foucault's Embryo ink drawing appears similarly organic with hundreds of lines forming into an urchin-like creature that was actually created partly with the help of an audience and sound-activated robots. Meanwhile Tobias Tovera relinquishes some control to chemical reactions themselves, dissolving iron and adding pigment until the shapes that resolve look like they are straight out of one of those exploding supernovae. These artists don't fear accidents and instead use them to mesmerizing effect.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 6. Continues through March 23, 2013

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