Ekpyrotic String II, fiberglass
Mariko Mori is a Japanese artist who is interested in the cosmos. A number of her works have centered around translating scientific research on physics and space into art.
Recent works take the form of fiberglass sculptures that express physical concepts, twisting and bending like the material of space and time. Some are twisted vertically, evoking the shape of DNA helixes, while others circle the corners of a room as giant, shiny Mobius strips. Placed in a white gallery space, they often seem as if the walls of the gallery themselves are bending into these sci-fi forms.
Some of Mori’s previous works have used a similar minimalist sensibility and incorporated LED lights. These glowing tributes to celestial bodies have appeared in darkened gallery spaces and outdoors among trees and grass. Mori is certainly not alone in the fascinating practice of combining scientific concepts with art.
White Hole, acrylic and LED lights