Investigations: Probe, Structure, Analysis
September 27 – December 4 1980
Organized by Lynn Gumpert and Allan Schwartzman, the artists included in “Investigations: Probe, Structure, Analysis” shared a similar attitude toward making art. They were not content merely to skim the surface of an idea, but instead probed deeply to reveal underlying structures. More specifically, these investigations led to a questioning and analysis of the fundamental nature of perception in their work, which was explored through an incorporation of strategies from such other disciplines as science, linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy.
Each work of art in the exhibition was physically constructed from component parts, which served as vehicles through which various ideas were communicated. The process of perception was re-realized by the viewer when the relationships between part-to-part and part-to-whole became clear. The richness and complexity of the work was therefore derived from the ways in which the essential component parts coalesced into a total experience.