Imagery and texts range from microscopic algae to Marshall McLuhan for a dual exhibit that is a dialogue between artifacts, living organisms and systems of inscription. The two artists consider the connection between human evolution and technology.
Sandler, of Ilan Sandler Studio Inc., has made large public sculptures, including Lace Up at the Emera Oval, the School Chair in Dartmouth and the temporary Ursa Major’s Visit for the 2011 Nocturne: Art at Night.
Here Sandler makes giant, life-sized sculptures, like statues, of macro views of microscopic diatoms, which are of ancient origin and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. The statues are digital prints inscribed on glass.
The Left Index, by Sandler, is an amazing, giant macro image of a fingerprint as a sculpture of fragmented steel. Leaf Chair is an aluminum chair printed in a photograph of a magnified autumn leaf. Sandler has us questioning invisible or overlooked genetic and scientific systems in organic and everyday life.
Bean, an artist, writer and NSCAD University photography professor, looks at the history of writing machines in photographs of artifacts like the typewriter, IBM computer card punch and the Enigma machine, invented at the end of the First World War for enciphering and deciphering secret messages.
He examines Marshall McLuhan in the fascinating work, Illuminated Manuscripts, 2010, of motion graphic photomontage on two 55-inch flat-screen monitors. These are mounted to the wall and tilted to look like an open book.
He makes a monument to the typewritten word in eight photographs of enlarged typewritten paper and in photographs of typewritten paper crumpled and tossed aside, an expression of frustration that is familiar to some and totally lost to others.
Bean quotes McLuhan, Gertrude Stein and Heraclitus (“scattered gathers, what has gathered blows apart”) in a look at written symbols and the significance of written communication, apart from his examination of the nature of obsolescence. (Source: http://tinyurl.com/nj4fgmy )
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