Can't Leave It Alone

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: Gerald Smith
August 1 to September 21, 2003
Minnesota Artists Gallery

Timothy Fort's “Art That's Really Moving” featured weekly live “tumbles” and ongoing video foot-age of his whimsical kinetic gadgetry, which revealed the endless possibilities of the domino effect. Gerald Smith's “Can't Leave It Alone” presented a working studio, complete with all its trappings, including evidence of Smith's past investigations, a host of cast artificial satellites, and silent documentary films. The studio centered on Smith's work-in-progress called “Can't Leave It Alone,” a video installation about myriad issues surrounding the science of human cloning.

For the past several years, Fort has created numerous kinetic arrangements in his apartment and videotaped the results. He also has hundreds of designs in his head. Some that he hopes to make in the future include musical water machines, a giant Muybridge flip-book, and a Popsicle-0stick computer. “Actually it all involves a lot of math,” says Fort, show then explains that 'dominoes fall at a rate of 42 per second, whereas sticks fall at 28 per second.”

Ironically, the success of Fort's arrangements are determined by how well they are undone-the perfect resolution to the creative act being its ultimate destruction, the simple spectacle of things falling down. Domino to domino, dust to dust. Life in Fort's material realm is just as fleeting.

As a biologist turned conceptual artist, Smith finds that he is better able to pursue questions about why we are here and where we might be going using experiments, structures, and images that are aesthetically based. And yet what really distinguishes Smith's process is his frequent flight across the conventional boundaries of inquiry, his application of one field to another (science to art, for example, or linguistics to sociology), and his successful use of virtually every known art medium.

Through sculpture, film, site-specific installations, photography, performances, drawing, texts, and more. Smith questioned science, the function of language, the meaning of space, color, and cloning, and wondered about the future of Homo sapiens.

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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist-led public tour: Gerald Smith will lead a artist-led tour on Thursday, September 4, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Critics' Trialogue: Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery. Featuring critic Michael Fallon and Glenn Gordon.

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