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At Home With Irish Arts Center: A Brief History of Art and Radio Astronomy

Artist George Bolster and MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish in conversation, moderated by Miranda Driscoll



Tue, Nov 17, 2020



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Irish Arts Center, Solas Nua, and Ulterior Gallery are delighted to co-present a conversation with MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish and artist George Bolster, moderated by curator Miranda Driscoll. 

Based on Bolster's work in his first solo exhibition with Ulterior Gallery, entitled Tearing at the Fabric of Your Reality, the works on view were developed during Bolster’s multi-year residency at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), and subsequent interviews with Kepler Mission scientists from NASA Ames in Northern California. 

In his practice, Bolster examines the philosophical implications of human forms of belief and superstition. He proposes that everything we have produced, or know, comes from our evolution on this planet, Earth, ranging from our communal rituals to our knowledge of where we think we are. While recognizing the historical contingency of our evolution to date, Bolster questions whether humans are evolving quickly enough to sustain our culture beyond the near term. We as a species need to radically accelerate our thinking, moving away from traditional belief systems in order to address major issues our species is facing, such as cultural and religiously driven violence and climate change. 

Q/A with the artist to follow.




Photo credit: Two Suns Generate Double Rainbows On Tatooine, 2019

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