Radiant Logic

Adrienne Klein


Holocenter    Center for the Holographic Arts, 45 -10 Court Square, Long Island City, New York
June 1 - July 19, 2008  -- Artist reception  -  Sunday, June 1    4 - 7 pm

  review by Talia Page               review in Leonardo by Susan Gamble             


Selected Works in the Exhibition



Solitary Figure, Single Light Source #1
pencil on paper, glass



Situational Logic

paint on glass, color laser print, wood frame on wheels



Amber with Insect: dissosteira carolina
video image of insect imbedded
in simulation of amber

Amber with Insect: acheta domesticus
video image of insect imbedded
in simulation of amber

Amber with Insect: dolichovespula maculata
video image of insect imbedded
in simulation of amber


Klein’s work often lets the viewer look through and beyond transparent layers. The work gives you options for what you may focus on, with the clear suggestion that there are multiple perspectives.  This is especially true of the single hologram that is central to this exhibition of new work: an illogical variation on a logic diagram appears to float over a video image of the Earth. Klein writes: “Logic Prevails” – This is not a headline I expect to read soon, but a hope that flickers occasionally in the face of life’s absurdity.”

The exhibition includes drawings, video installations, constructions and the aforementioned hologram. Academic drawings are intermingled with video.  Sharply delineated shadows make drawings and graphic elements read as objects.  There are throughlines of ideas across media and scale. 

Three small works appear to be beautiful specimens of amber that contain strands of organic material.  Pieces of amber are especially prized when they include the intact bodies of insects from distant geologic periods, 10-100 million years ago.  These pieces seem to hold that possibility -- with a video twist.  

The artist is co-Director of the Science & the Arts series at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.




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