Shown installed at the Surplus Gallery in Carbondale, IL. Apr 2013
Shown Installed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum
NOTHINGNESS PART 1
CAST IRON, STEEL, BRASS, MDF, PLYWOOD, CAST PLASTIC, ACRYLIC PAINT
70” x 17.5” x 20”
2013 - 2016
ABOUT THIS PIECE:
When the vines are young they are yellow, and the GeoPods are closed. As they age they darken and the pods open up. I always wanted to make a “teenage” version, with yellow-orange vines and teal peaking out of the just-splitting-open GeoPods, but never managed it. The color of the vines dictates their placement in the show: they have to be displayed in color/age order, creating a gradient across the room.
The title of this piece came from a religious debate I once saw. I believe (no pun intended) that it was Christians vs Atheists, with the always-entertaining and sorely missed Christopher Hitchens taking up the atheist’s cause. They were discussing the end of the universe, which Hitchens referred to as “the nothingness that is coming”. It seemed apt, given that the machinery in this piece is so broken down.