Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena

May 4–August 31, 2014

Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena 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.

Image Credit:

Christine Nguyen, part of At First Light series [detail of back side], 2013. Cyanotype on paper, 18 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

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Saturday, July 26 at 1pm | In Dialogue: June Wayne and the Rise of Women Artists

Presented in conjunction with the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA), this panel discussion focuses on June Wayne, her inspiring legacy, and issues facing contemporary women artists today. Moderated by curator Betty Ann Brown, panelists include artist-educator Ruth Weisberg, artist and SCWCA President Cheryl Bookout, and Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena artists Suvan Geer and Christine Nguyen.

Saturday, August 23 at 3pm | Insight Talk
Betty Ann Brown, curator of Time, Space & Matter, leads an exhibition walkthrough and discusses how each artist explores natural phenomena through their aesthetically resonant and incredibly divergent installations.