Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to present a preview of Electromagnetic Fall by Carter Hodgkin, on view in our Platform project space April 1 – 24, 2010. Art and science unite in the cascading glass tile mosaic created by Hodgkin for the Remsen Science Building at Queens College in Flushing, NY. Thousands of tiny colorful tiles descend like a shimmering waterfall, spanning the three story glass atrium. The design, simulating a torrent of atomic particle collisions, is based on a digital process employing computer code, algorithmic data, and the unique parameters of the architectural space. Installed permanently, Electromagnetic Fall was commissioned by the City University of New York for Queens College.
Viewed from the exterior, the mosaic makes a bold statement, yet the scale remains intimate on the interior. Hodgkin further unites the interior architecture by creating mosaics for each of the nine columns in the building. Particle trajectories extend into space wrapping around each column, rotating 90 degrees as the viewer passes. Silver, chromium, and gold tiles reflect light to the outside while creating a dramatic sense of motion.
Encompassing 1096 square feet, 155,162 tiles were used to realize the digital design, each pixel corresponding to an individual tile. Hodgkin selected 105 colors of specialty tile from five countries to achieve a rich combination of texture and color.
Electromagnetic Fall originates in the rigor of the scientific experimental process, yet embraces the evocative and whimsical. It transforms the notion of historical public mosaics into a modern scientific digital imaging vernacular.
Carter Hodgkin was born in Warrenton, VA. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant, and the New York Foundation for the Arts (Painting, 1989, Digital/Electronic Arts, 2009). She lives in New York City and teaches at the Parsons School of Design.
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