The God Particle
101/exhibit proudly presents The God Particle, a solo exhibition from Spanish-American artist Pedro Barbeito. This is the artist’s first solo showing with the gallery and will include new paintings, drawings, a print edition and a wall installation. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color thirty-two page catalogue that will feature an essay written by Richard Panek, the prize-winning author of the 4% Universe and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Science Writing.
The opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 7 – 10pm, and is precluded by an artist talk with Barbeito at 6pm. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend this exciting discourse on his new work. The exhibition will conclude on February 8th. 101/exhibit is located in West Hollywood at 8920 Melrose Ave on the corner of North Almont Drive, one block east of Santa Monica Blvd.
“MOST PHYSICISTS LOATHE THE TERM “THE GOD PARTICLE.”
PETER HIGGS HIMSELF—THE NAMESAKE FOR THE HIGGS BOSON,
AKA THE GOD PARTICLE—HAS RAILED AGAINST IT. YET FOR THE
VERY REASONSTHAT MOST PHYSICISTS THINK (CORRECTLY, IN MY
OPINION) THAT THE PHRASE IS EXACTLY WRONG. PEDRO BARBEITO'S
USE OF "THE GOD PARTICLE" FOR THE TITLE OF THIS EXHIBITION
SEEMS TO ME EXACTLY RIGHT.”
– RICHARD PANEK, "THE GOOD PARTICLE" CATALOGUE ESSAY. PUB 2013
New York-based artist Pedro Barbeito at 101/exhibit presents a new body of work that is a re-visitation of his previously explored Science and Technology series. Barbeito last focused on this series from 1996 to 2001. Just as the Millennium was inherently a contextually saturated time for the artist, this day-in-age yet again presents an irresistible opportunity to explore a scientific milestone in mankind’s existence. This is the discovery of the Higgs boson in the collision chamber of the Large Hadron Collider (herein abbreviated as LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
This discovery arrives as a precursory revelation, on a micro level, to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018 that will provide further understanding from a macro perspective. This dual approach to further investigating and comprehending the universe, either at the particle level or from extreme distance (the JWSP will serve as the Hubble telescope’s heir apparent), is the platform upon which Barbeito bases this new body of work. These polarities serve as the terminals that differentiate/unite the paintings, drawings, and prints into a cohesive artistic analysis of our most current and important developments in the fields of particle physics and cosmology.
Consider, for instance, the exhibition’s grand installation of three of Barbeito’s signature ovular paintings on canvas, LHC Red, LHC Yellow, and LHC Blue hung in situ within the composition of LHC Black, a 9 1⁄2 x 35 foot wall painting. Executed using the foremost developments in acrylic gel mediums and 3D printing – a metaphor for the synthetically dependent world in which we exist – this installation is a mimesis of being present in the chamber post-collision. The viewer can experience, through “traditional” painting practice, a representation of a virtually unperceivable landmark in particle physics occurring at the micro level.
So here we have an important question in respect to contemporary realism, are Barbeito’s “representations” valid? By delving into the paradox of realism via the use of linear one-point perspective to derive micro/macro observational representations of the universe, there is the credible sense that the artist is exhibiting palpable and computational realizations of space, time, and matter. Though technology is used through out, these works remain inevitably anthropomorphous in that the causal sequences and mathematical formulas that are fundamental to our understanding of cosmology and particle physics already presumes the human touch. The works are then indeed, in a true sense, literal facsimiles – albeit abstract feeling ones upon initial inspection – of actual moments in our scientific history.
Barbeito was born in 1969 in La Coruña, Spain. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Painting and Sculpture in 1996. His work examines the intersection of digital imaging, science, technology and a painting history. Barbeito has exhibited his work internationally for the past 14 years. Solo exhibition venues include Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, Basilico Fine Arts and Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, Parra- Romero Gallery in Madrid, and Galerie Richard in Paris. He has participated in museum exhibits at the Rose Art Museum in Massachusetts; the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands; The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Florida; and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, among others.