“Mineral Consciousness” an exhibition of new work by Dev Harlan
March 15, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Gallery Madison Park is pleased to present “Mineral Consciousness” a solo exhibition of new work by Dev Harlan. “Mineral Consciousness” will run from March 15, 2018 - April 14, 2018 with an opening reception Thursday, March 15th from 6-8 p.m.
This exhibition draws from an interdisciplinary body of work which combines sculpture, digital projections and appropriated objects. In these illuminated sculptures light becomes a visceral substance to be shaped and modulated in a way that encourages a phenomenological mode of viewing. Among all the works is also an inter-objective tension between the natural and the artificial, part of an ongoing tension between our technological idealisms, disparities, predictions and failures.
In “Unremarkable Stars” video projection articulates the faceted surfaces of a cast section of a polyhedral sphere. Harlan thinks of polyhedra as being discovered rather then invented, as they occur spontaneously in nature and mathematics. Here the polyhedron becomes a reference to the idea of universals that exist outside of human experience, a part of “nature" that defies anthropocentrism.
In this sense so are rocks. They thwart our anthropocentric worldview by recording timescales and forces far outside human lifespans. In the “Found Rock” series Harlan made castings of natural rock surfaces found in the desert. Again video projection becomes a temporal intervention, with colorful ribbons of light contrasting the natural irregular features of the stone. Geological time is juxtaposed with the ephemeral stream of digital light, undulating our human construction of time.
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Gallery Madison is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 11am-7pm.