Artists Bigert & Bergstrom create suspended globular clusters, reminiscent of molecular structures, with vinyl photographs on the outside and lighting within. The overall effect is a “luminous three-dimensional sculpture”, light and airy as a memory, but distinctly industrial.
These sculptures used photos of a power plant, linking the molecular appearance to greenhouse gases and pollution. See more photos at today and tomorrow.
In contrast, Andy Harper’s “An Orrery for Other Worlds” is a heavy, opaque sphere laden with detailed, lush botanical fantasies executed in oil paint. Oil is a weighty medium, and the sphere feels ponderous, almost pregnant, particularly in this setting:
In contrast to Bigert & Bergstrom’s work, which is unabashedly modern, Harper’s work is like an anachronistic artifact, something presaging the future but executed centuries ago. One mother described how, on her visit to the local gallery to see the work, children were encouraged to sit under it and draw inspiration from it:
I feel like this scene – children sketching while a sphere of alien plant life hovers above them – is familiar to me from a science fiction novel; or maybe it just feels like it ought to be familiar?