Rocks and Rapture

Juan Geuer

BIRTH YEAR 1917
BIRTH PLACE Soest, Holland
DEATH YEAR 2009
DEATH PLACE Almonte, Ontario

Ottawa-based conceptual artist Juan Geuer believed that artists and scientists work towards a common goal—observation for greater insight into the rhythms of nature. In this installation, a bell jar from an instrument used to measure absolute gravity rests in a pile of rocks. Peer into the bowl and you will see a reflection of yourself through rock, as if descending into the earth, while the warm metallic tones recall the magma that makes up the earth’s mantle.

MEDIUM Glass bowl and rocks
DATE 2008
DIMENSIONS 40.6cm x 40.6cm x 35.6cm
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.04.34
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
An installation of a reflective metallic gilded bell jar resting on pile of rocks against a wall. The bowl was the cover of an instrument to measure absolute gravity. The viewers look down the metallic tunnel through the pile of rocks, see their reflection at the bottom of the jar and feel as though they are descending into the earth.

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