Mr. W and the...

...Large Hadron Particle Collider.

I find myself drawn to stories, both works of fiction and non-fiction. Often, I think of my grandfather and his library; he was an avid reader, and a collector of both the books and the stories that they held. I can remember looking up to a wall of books; standing in awe; knowing that these discreet objects contained life and death, love, indifference, and every other part of the paradoxical human condition.

“Mr. W and the Large Hadron Particle Collider” is a magical realist story in installation form. On April 26, 2016 a small marten (initially thought to be a weasel) chewed into a wire on a transformer of the world’s largest, most expensive scientific machine; and shut it down for nearly a week. I was struck by the absurdity and the metaphor I found in the story.

Using modern technology (satellite and landscape imagery, scientific data collection from CERN) and traditional craft techniques (pottery, carpentry and assemblage) the gallery is transformed into a living story from the perspective of the weasel, “Mr. W”. The forms themselves exemplify the state of being in between different worlds, both those real and imagined. The viewer is placed into a Swiss pastoral landscape, complete with linear perspective and an ever-changing sky of luminous clouds.

The installation is composed of sculpted ceramics, wood, found objects and a digital stop motion animation horizon. The constructions in the room speak of worldly ambiguities, and the viewer is transported to a liminal space, one where they can become part of a collected/collective/created story.

 

Exhibit Dates: Jun 15, 2016 - Jul 8, 2016

Closing Reception: July 8th during the Wilmington Art Loop from 5pm-9pm

Location: E. Avery Draper Showcase Gallery at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art