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Spencer Finch: Betelgeuse
Ongoing Exhibition

Spencer Finch: Betelgeuse

Betelgeuse

Spencer Finch (U.S.A., b. 1962), Betelgeuse, 2015.  Powder-coated steel, fluorescent light and colored filters. On loan from the Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco © Spencer Finch. Courtesy James Cohan, New York

Oshman Family Gallery

Spencer Finch investigates the intersection between lived visual experience and scientific research. In works like Betelgeuse, he uses a colorimeter—a device that measures the intensity of color—to record light seen in the natural world and replicate its hue and luminosity in sculptural form. In doing so, Finch not only examines how we see but also probes questions about memory, time and perception. A monumental light sculpture, Betelgeuse’s form evokes an explosive celestial object and emits the same light reading as its eponymous star—the second brightest in the Orion constellation.

This exhibition is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Clumeck Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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