March 12 – June 18, 2011
A group exhibition that addressed ideas of scale through physical and conceptual explorations.
Size matters insofar as it tells us something about an object’s dimensions in relationship to other things. The difference between what is small versus what is big due to a comparison between them. While our understanding of size is intrinsically tied to human scale, science and technology have opened new perspectives into the cosmic and infinitesimal, dramatically altering the way we understand ourselves in relationship to an expansive universe. The work in Size Matters speaks to the conceptual and physical reaches of size. From the monumental to the microscopic, the ten contemporary artists in this exhibition have created work in various proportions and forms and utilize scale to challenge and shift our perception of the world around us.
Artists Gail Wight and Klari Reis enlarge the microscopic to render visible what is ordinarily invisible to the human eye. The larger than life figurative works of collaborators Ian Harvey + Koo Kyung Sook are comprised of thousands of small molecular-inspired paintings that suggest the complex building blocks of the human body while Dana Harel’s drawings of enlarged hands reveal hairs, pores and skin with painstaking detail. At magnified scales, these biological structures resemble one another, implying an interconnectedness of all things.
In sculpture and photographs respectively, Terry Berlier and Elaine Ling compare our lifespan to the resilient endurance of trees that live for generations. Beneath the surface of Eamon MacMahon’s aerial photographs of vast Northern landscapes and Christina Seely’s stunning images of cities, emerge a narrative of humankind’s cumulative impact on earth and the overwhelming scale of nature. With their incredible detail and exceptionally small size, Dalton Ghetti’s graphite pencil sculptures atop pencils and Kevin Chen’s miniature hand-drawn cityscapes evoke a sense of wonder to the point of impossibility.
At some point, numbers become so big or small that they are incomprehensible and abstract. However, understanding size in relationship to our daily lives is essential in solving problems and understanding the world around us. While there are still limits to our knowledge of our universe, humans continue to ask questions and push forward. Ultimately, the works in Size Matters reflect the infinite promise of human imagination to create, challenge and surprise.