Strange Attractors

Juan Geuer

BIRTH YEAR 1917
BIRTH PLACE Soest, Holland
DEATH YEAR 2009
DEATH PLACE Almonte, Ontario
MEDIUM Metal and laser
DATE 2004
DIMENSIONS 421cm x 370cm x 286cm
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.04.32a-h
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
An installation consists of two interacting swinging pendulums connected at their pivots two-stories above the floor. A green laser beam tracks the swings as one pendulum is as steady as one on a Grandfather clock, and the other randomly orbits in different directions. Geuer noted on his website in relation to this work, that “[i]n science, with all its certainties, chaos is always just around the corner.” This work touches back to the theme of unpredictability espoused by the early work Rotating Frame Device (1966-85).

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