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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 · No Comments

Steve Hollinger is a well-known (i.e. sadly not affordable) Boston-based artist represented by Walker Contemporary. Hollinger’s atypical sculptures look like bric-a-brac at first glance but are actually highly-thoughtful demonstrations of scientific discoveries from the beginning of empiricism in the 16th century. Hollinger’s work brilliantly captures the awe that these scientific ideas struck in people and give us the opportunity to experience that same feeling of wonder nearly 500 years later.

"Atomic #4" glass plates, polarizing film, solar
mechanism, wooden box

"Winter Trees" polaroid emulsions, test tubes,
cheesecloth, wooden frame, UV protective glass

Hollinger’s light-activated mechanical sculptures are “rare in stuff, form or motion.” Using for the most part found objects, these assemblages shock and amaze us because of their mystery, not their mechanics. His bat skeleton, which emulates flight, or his beating heart is a thing of wonder, even though each mechanism is fairly straightforward.  – DeCordova Museum

"Bat" skeleton, glass, oil, wooden box,
solar mechanism



"What's Left Of Her House" found metal objects


"Twenty-five Atoms" plate glass, sandblasted glass,
polarizing film, solar mechanism, barnwood

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