GEOMETER EXHIBITION BY STEVEN PESTANA
EXHIBITION: OCTOBER 15TH – NOVEMBER 14TH
RECEPTION: OCTOBER 17TH, 6-9PM
How do the instruments, concepts and methods we use to understand the universe predetermine what we learn from them?
Steven Pestana asks this question in GEOMETER, his second solo exhibition with GRIN.
Working in sculpture, installation, and two-dimensional media, Pestana is in the broadest terms an image-maker. Fashioned in an eclectic narrative-based mode of art-making recalling the sprawling cosmologies of Matthew Barney, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Foster Wallace, and early Pink Floyd, Pestana’s work yields a distinctive and unexpected vision of humanity caught in the midst of cosmic scale, rife with harmonies and discords.
GEOMETER doubles as a shape-shifting journey across artistic media and their symbolic connotations. Mining archives of scientific diagrams and remixing them into intricately detailed tableaux, Pestana reconsiders art’s role as a mode of representing, conveying, and even shaping knowledge. Hewn in materials as diverse as carbon, salt, and brass using millenia-old techniques such as casting, etching, carpentry, and metalwork, Pestana’s investigations into the various properties of traditional (and not-so-traditional) media highlight their more general influence in the creation of the image in art, science, and technology.