Johnson State College’s Julian Scott Memorial Gallery has opened an exhibit of science-inspired collages. The exhibit, “Powell & Thomashow’s Exposition of Matter & Magnetism: The Wonders of Science Revealed,” runs through Thursday, Nov. 27, then eventually heads to New York City. The artists, W. David Powell and Peter Thomashow, will discuss their work at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the gallery.
After reading an article in Cabinet Magazine titled “The Old Curiosity Shop,” Powell tracked down Thomashow to learn more about early American electro-magnetic philosophical instruments.
They learned that they shared an interest in the works of artists and sculptors Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp. They also both collect ephemera and objects, which they use to construct collages and assemblages.
The result of this meeting of minds is an exhibit of work that touches on childhood, electricity, resonance, mesmerism, space-time continuum, play, geometry, magnetism, human anatomy, color theory, magic, the scientific method and more.
Powell is an associate professor of art at SUNY-Plattsburgh; Thomashow, a physician, artist, collector and musician who teaches psychiatry at Dartmouth College School of Medicine.