The Great Hall, Wenyon & Gamble, 2002, digital print, 7" (H) x 40" (W)
Mapping the Great Hall
New York Hall of Science, January 25th to February 23rd, 2003
Describing the building in 1964, architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable said:
Here one thinks immediately of the 13th century rather than the 20th: of Sainte-Chapelle; of the drama of soaring heights stained with colored light. For this is a Cathedral of Science, rather than a Hall of Science, its luminous blue walls suggesting limitless extensions of space. At a time when science vies with religion in explaining the mysteries of the universe, this is an oddly significant architectural twist.(1)
Art historian Debra Bricker Balken has said of Wenyon & Gamble's work:
Susan Gamble and Michael Wenyon have collaborated as artists since 1983. Their work uses holography and digital imaging to capture articles of historic and modern science. They have been artists in residence at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Haystack Radio Observatory of MIT. Their previous exhibitions include "Observing the Observers..." Compton Gallery, MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA (2000); "Bibliomancy", The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA (1998); "Bibliography", Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan (1992), as well as shows at the Whitney Museum, New York, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, The Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
...they have come up with a more analytic, conceptual take on the imagery of science, one which reveals both its elegance and connections with art[...] These images are replete with the grandeur of science but they are also, ironically, transformative, recasting clinical spaces and machines into imaginary, and sometimes ethereal, environments. (2)
New work for this exhibition is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
1. Huxtable, Ada Louise, ‘Harrison’s Building at World’s Fair Reminds One of 13th Century Cathedral’, The New York Times, 10 September 1964
2. Debra Bricker Balken, in "Observing the Observers...", catalog to an exhibition at MIT Museum, 2000