Excerpt from exhibit brochure by Sarah Tanguy, Curator
Exploiting the malleability of natural phenomena and materials, the artists in Flow elicit wonder in works that draw far-reaching human parallels. As they explore the cycle of life and the vicissitudes of change, the final destination, rich in possibilities, remains as yet unknown.
While scientists and engineers have long tackled the problem of turbulence and its impact on the flow physics of liquids and gases—the experience of flow pervades our everyday life. From the passage of blood through our bodily vessels to that of water running out from a tap, the artists in Flow are drawn to the marvels of certain materials as they transition from one state to another. Displaying a broad range of artistic approaches, Eric Finzi, J. W. Mahoney, and Washington Glass School artists Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Debra Ruzinsky, co-founders Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers, and Audrey Wilson engage in transformation and experimentation as they explore the principle of fluid motion and its applications, at times with unpredictable outcomes.
The exhibit runs April 21 – October 16, 2015, at the American Center for Physics.