Out, Out, Phosphene Candle: Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck

February 25, 2018 — September 2, 2018

Joy Feasley

Two Moons in Aquarius

2017 flashe on wood; 15 x 19.5 in.
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rose Dickson.

Paul Swenbeck

Worms are the Words (installation detail)

2010 ceramic; 20 x 17 x 14 in.
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Aaron Igler.

Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck

A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly (installation detail)

2014 mixed media; 8 x 6 x 6 foot section
Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Carols Avendano.

Employing Arthur C. Clarke's third law that states, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," Feasley and Swenbeck propose how both science and magic are viable methods for exploring our world and searching for meaning.  Through the lens of a mysterious alien form of their own creation, Feasley and Swenbeck examine truth, mysticism, belief, and scientific testing in a multiroom, large-scale immersive installation. 

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and Sargento Foods Inc. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year.