Bethany Johnson

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Victorian Science (2009)

Soot on paper, approx. 13″x10″ each

√Čtienne-Jules Marey’s 19th century smoke machine forced smoke into parallel jets in an early visualization of aerodynamics. Scientific experiment utilizes geometry, miniaturization and photography in the pursuit of capturing and studying the otherwise disordered or fleeting. This displacement and unnatural containment of physical forces provides a conceptually rich source of abstraction.

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