Crystalline and Geological Forms
In a convergence of art and science, crystalline and geological forms can create a range of beautiful visual effects, from rough or rustic unworked stone to recurring linear crystal patterns. Jeff Zimmerman, for example, replicates natural crystals he has discovered in the wild in glass sculptures and design objects. The use of these natural forms can also allude to environmental concerns about the changing climate and earth’s uncertain future. To represent the all-encompassing effects of pollution, Liz Hickok constructs and photographs small environments that are slowly engulfed by growing crystals. In a work that similarly incorporates chance, Jeremy Everett submerges books and newspapers in chemicals to create crystalline clusters. These striking works symbolize the decay of the manmade and a return to a natural state.