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CUT INTO CHAOS

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September 4-October 11\, 2008

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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger\, who can no lo nger pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe\, is as good as dead: his eyes a re closed.

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-Alber t Einstein

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The harmonious systems of the universe\, as we underst and them\, are called the cosmos\, and the rest—the infinite void of physic al space and the unknown arrangements of the natural world—is chaos. And through the pursuits of art and science\, man chisels away at qu estions about its possible substance and order. The progress of technology and scientific study has provided us with extensive information about the w orld in which we live\, but it also has contributed to generating newfound crises and\, paradoxically\, revealed the limits of our knowledge. As a result\, we now more than ever confront our natural surroundings with feelings of curiosity\, fear\, and awe. Cut Into Chao s presents five artists that offer a unique lens to look at our natural world\, the greater macrocosm\, and the disciplines we have established to comprehend them.

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Nicholas Bohac amasses images\, prints \, and a variety of materials to create fantastical\, panoramic scenes of n ature. His collages present a different take on the "tradition al landscape" by making human intervention--and\, by extension\, our need t o construct and be in command of our surroundings--acutely evident in the c reation and presentation of his work.

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Richard Houghten translates the frequencies of his sound recordings from the city\, nature\, and the places they overlap\, into a single laser projection. His project di stills the complex differences between these spaces into a concise\, minima list visual language.

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Mary Anne Kluth's watercolors take both flat and sc ulptural forms\, and are at once a depiction of the sublime and the study o f the sublime. Amidst vibrant explosions of color\, Kluth deli cately paints people--such as scientists\, surveyors\, explorers--engaged i n investigating the awe-inspiring power of nature.

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Casey Shane Logan's sculptures comment on the human tendency to rationalize savage natu re and the absurd notion that the Earth can be articulated into a utopian o rder of right angles and ups and downs. However\, his work als o displays a wit and ingenuity that empathizes with our desire to make thes e systems work.

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Gareth Spor explores the creation of awe through artif ice in his sculpture and film entitled Machine for Illumination and Unfoldi ng. Spor synthetically constructs "stars in your eyes" with a simple\, sculptural mechanism. The accompanying video shows a series of individuals in the "star-struck" state discussing their point of view on the scope of the universe.

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This exhibition is curated by Adam Friedman and Katie Sherman\, the 2008 participants in MISSION 17's Cura torial Internship Program.

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