the Way within
Installed as part of Chicago Works: Andrew Yang (the Way within) at the MCA Chicago, curated by Joey Orr.
Our galaxy, the Milky Way, seems both distant and immense, a thing beyond proper conception. In cities where light pollution floods the night, it is beyond perception - simply invisible in the sky. And yet galaxy is us, and all around us. In reading these words you are reading part of the Milky Way itself - the pixels, screen, and your eyes, and as such the galaxy is both immanent and throughout.
This is an installation of galactic specimens, all equally authentic and representative of our celestial existence - shapes, colors, textures, and sizes along a continuum of forms. The tables own contour akin arms of our galaxy's own spiral. Carved stone, paper sculpture, wire, gourds, meteorites, hives, shells, lint, and leaves. Some are replicas of other objects on the table, other hybridized ,but all are equally real. Found or fashioned, their materiality matters in ways transcending appearance.
On the last day of its exhibition at the MCA Chicago, a touch tour for the visually impaired (as well as sighted) provided a means to come into contact and touch the galaxy beyond what vision can even provide.