Temporary Measures at Texas State Galleries, Opens Monday, February 5, 5pm – 9pm
Opening date: February 5, 2018
Closing date: March 9, 2018
Reception date / time: February 5 / 5 pm
Artist name: Heather Scott Peterson
Exhibit title: Temporary Measures
Venue Name, address, phone & website for general public:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building
233 West Sessom Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
A brief description:
Compared with natural phenomena, human interventions have a remarkably brief tenure. Our alterations to landmass, the extraction of resources, the domestication and consumption of organic environs, and the development of technological regimes, seem like modest amendments compared to the shaping of mountains or the drifting of oceans.
The substances of the world exist in fixed quantities, capable only of recomposition, redistribution, or transfiguration through time. After several million years, the violence of geologic time may usher forth an unrefined bit of gold onto the shoal of a river, the possibility of a goldsmith one day fashioning a coin, and, eventually, the coin’s surrender to another depositional affair in the tectonic envelope.
Copper and zinc—the elements that conspire to form the idiom of brass—are shaped by metamorphic processes beyond our conception of time and scale. Brass is a material more closely aligned with the provisional dynamics of science or the utility of the applied arts than with the presumptive permanence of sculpture. Its resistance to corrosion and wear allowed the esteemed clockmaker John Harrison to harness geographical longitude with the gearing of the first sea clock, and its acoustic and bactericidal properties underwrote the flare and luster of Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet.
The works in this exhibition explore the syntax of matter—to refuse anchorage in time, to slip from the assurances of physical permanence, and to yield only briefly to the geometries and aesthetics of human intention.