Steve Tobin: Exploded Earth
April 8 - July 1, 2006
Opening Reception, April 8, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Preview Event and Dinner, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
Tobin, who earned a degree in theoretical mathematics from Tulane University, while simultaneously pursuing his interest in science and glass blowing, blends art and science in all the media in which he works.
"I am interested in translating forces of nature into form," said Tobin. "In the case of 'exploded earth,' the detonation results in a structure that serves to document movement from order to chaos. The clay body records the infinitely complex details and patterns of the blast, leaving a remnant that is not unlike geological formations or crystal-filled geodes. Basically, the artistic process is one of "creation by event." In this series, Tobin serves as the catalyst that converts a tumultuous incident into a touchable memory; one with form, texture, and color. "In my mind, destruction and creation are so closely related that they often can be the same experience."
AMOCA's exhibition floor will hold several of Tobin's largest pieces, with medium sized forms mounted on walls, and small "explosions" shown in cases. Tobin states, "My goal is to make pieces 10' to 15' in size, so that people can walk inside them and be 'digested' by the experience."