"Dimensions Variable"
September 29 - November 29 1979
"The work in Dimensions Variable lies outside the realm of traditional object making. It focuses on ephemeral perceptions and experiences which are embodied in and generated by the materials employed and effects produced. . . . In the context of the present show, technology is neither Satan nor Messiah, but a familiar tool to be utilized imaginatively and economically. . . . Instead of being inspired by technology, [these artists] take it in stride, using it as raw material to explore new contexts and combinations." - Susan Logan, Allan Schwartzman, and Kathleen Thomas,

“’Dimensions Variable’ is an exhibition of work by seven artists whose aim is not the traditional making of art objects per se; their pieces become means rather than products which vary and/or cannot be physically bound. The artists…seek to explore the ephemeral, elusive and undefinable by creating and utilizing specific substances and objects with little or no ‘art’ identity…In so doing, the artist achieve phenomena not commonly visible in art and are able to express observations and ideas that resist verbalization—these means challenge the viewer to ‘see’ what is not physically there.” ”Each of the seven artists works for a distinctly individual approach to convey a condensed segment of tan ephemeral event. Jim Clark combines water, air and electricity, situating light sources in unorthodox and even potentially harmful contexts. Gary Justis construct tripodal, motorized light machines of plastic and scientific hardware components. Cork Marcheschi sets up dynamic cascades of sparks emanating from systems of fine black wires and simple transformers drapes on ceilings and along walls. Ann Knutson bends, folds, and cuts paper and plastic shapes and adjusts lighting to reveal and stabilize shadows. Stephen Miller chooses unusual materials which dictate his explorations of projected color and depth. Carlton Newton makes sculptures that are simple, dynamic forms roughly assembled; they have the look of crude, primitive inventions. Mike Roddy rolls newspaper sheets into balls, arranges them in cannonball-like piles and then reverses the process by unrolling them and arranging them in large inverted mound configurations.” - from The New Museum Press Release
New Museum curators
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York