Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena

This exhibition brings together six artists who explore natural phenomena in poetic installations: Lita Albuquerque, Suvan Geer, George Geyer and Tom McMillin, Mineko Grimmer, and Christine Nguyen. They address scientific issues as diverse as gravity, entropy, and the transmutation of matter, employing media as varied as wood, glass, ice, metal, video, and sound. Creating works that appeal visually while challenging us conceptually, they follow Cocteau’s injunction to “make science clear.” Gravity is the elemental force at play in both George Geyer and Tom McMillin’s installation of glass strips that sway in the moving air and in the subtle concert of Mineko Grimmer’s pebbles cascading over tenuous strips of bamboo. Decay’s loss is considered anew as Suvan Geer’s rotting tree trunk hangs, in taut suspense, above a bright yellow field of cornmeal. The simple and quotidian process of salt transformed into exquisite shapes through crystallization is explored in Christine Nguyen’s work. And the intensity of Lita Albuquerque’s brilliant blue wall is a window into primal matter transformed, through art, into powerful visual experience.

Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena is curated by art historian Betty Ann Brown, Ph.D., and is supported by the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art.