Emerson Center for Arts and Culture
September 8 - December 4, 2023
Initial Conditions consists of two conceptually similar, but materially different, series of work. Brought together to show for the first time, these paintings and a sculptural installation speculate on the future infrastructure of the built environment and explore the human (in)ability to model and control complex natural systems.
The paintings in this show collage various watercolor rendering techniques – machine-plotting, hand-painting, lifting, washing, masking – as layers in the grid. Stacked in pictorial space are references to digital imagery, maps, contemplative renderings of ecologic space, and woven architecture of the frame.
Occupying the floor of the gallery is an arched network of tanks, tubes, pumps, and nozzles. This sculptural work, part of the Firmament series, reimagines the infrastructure of various religious cosmologies as a fantastical climate infrastructure of tomorrow. Greenhouses, biodomes, and interventions in our planet’s atmosphere have become the world’s new firmament, new sublime, and precarious system of control.