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Phyllis Ewen, Turbulent e/Motion

A.I.R. Gallery
511 West 25th Street, #301, 212-255-6651
April 3 - April 28, 2007
Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6 - 8 PM
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Turbulent e/Motion is an exhibition of recent work that merges the genres of sculpture and drawing. Ewen combines laboratory equipment, three-dimensional drawing in wire, and scientific texts to explore natural phenomena. Cast in latex, her whimsical laboratory beakers, funnels, and tubes explore notions of containment: filling, emptying, pouring, and holding.

Works such as Fluid Dynamics and Turbulent e/Motion layer `found’ text and illustrations from scientific textbooks with sculptural elements to create a three-fold visual language: object, written word, and mathematics. Ewen’s texts are fragmentary, each chosen for its emotional resonance and reference to the human body; their meanings remain elusive and suggestive. Attempting to capture ephemeral moments, steel wires become linear elements to suggest, delineate, and define space between the vessel-like pieces.

In a related series, Journal Entries, Ewen take excerpts from 19th century botanical and zoological textbooks, using them to represent the observer’s notes. The combination of text and fabricated specimens creates a fictionalized account of a scientist’s observations. The artist’s three-dimensional drawing refers to scientific notation and diagramming, as wells as to the hand of the artist herself, suggesting a continuum between art and science. Ewen explains, “Our attempts to contain experience and the impossibility of permanence are issues that resonate with how I experience my place in the natural world.”
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