Statements about "Here and Forever" @ Gallery Diet by Liz Wing and Pablo Guardiola
In some places, when
we look up, we can see stars. Regarded individually or as part of a
figurative system, stars are good points of entry into that infinite
corpus we refer to as “the universe”. To the naked eye they
rest on a vast two-dimensional surface, and from some vantage points
we treat them as pictures, and we talk about those pictures. Constellations
are metaphorical gateways into the more abstract, complex, and paradoxical
qualities embedded in the night sky.
Some time ago I heard a guy on a radio talk show stating that the problem with most of America’s current leaders, and the population in general, is that there is a lack of curiosity. I remember that he used the term “uncurious” referring to the subject. It struck me as a simple, beautiful and not cynical approach to articulating a critique of the current state of events. That guy made me think about Alastair Reid’s work who is still saying: “Face it. Curiosity will not cause us to die--only lack of it will”.
Sean Glover’s work feeds from a voracious curiosity. His work not only reflects the traits of a wonderer but also invites the viewers to take that journey themselves. There is a constant exploration of ideas and materials, all turned into experiments; similar (in aesthetics as in content) to the scientific practices before the “scientific method” was implemented as cannon. In his work there are no gimmicks; metaphors, allegories, and the objects themselves are presented as a phenomenological democracy.
“Here and Forever” is assembled under the idea of a constellation; a malleable one that metamorphoses throughout various forms and concepts holding within itself the potential for multiple permutations. A tower of radios titled “Rise,” reaches, as a monumental sculpture, towards a planetarium that is on the ceiling (titled “Loomer”). This planetarium projects charted celestial bodies through holes made on cardboard boxes; contracting “space”, making it possible to fit it into a shipping container, thus letting it expand through light and its conceptual implications. A series of drawings depicts possible reconfigurations for the pieces. Other drawings focus on different ways of charting, either sound (words, music and noise), or human experience according to its relationship to sound. The structures made with the radios not only occupy the physical space of the gallery but also occupy a conceptual one created by the sound waves emitted by the radios, a volume that could only be defined and measured by each viewer. Phenomena is usually first experienced as an abstraction, then coded into different systems in order to understand it. In the work presented here, the codes are shifted in order to generate new experiences. A clear example of this characteristic is “Tympanic Observatory” where a basic diorama showing how a human ear records sounds is used to abstract sound into a reflection, projecting light onto the ceiling. This show is an invitation and a demonstration that phenomena can be experimented with and moved around like we do the dial on a radio.