Art League Houston presents Sherman Finch: "Perceptual Perpetual" opening reception
Art League Houston presents "Perceptual Perpetual," an exhibition by Houston-based artist Sherman Finch. The exhibition features a new body of work that explores visualization, interaction, physics, and conceptual art. The show includes sonic sculptures, wall assemblages, and a mechanized drawing performance.
The work relies on audience participation to activate a visual system, which allow variations of order and chaos to influence how the work is perceived. The artist describes the work as a kind of “physics machine,” similar to the anatomy of a pachinko game or a children’s handheld spinner toy, where gravity, kinetics, and a variety of other forces, cause surfaces to spin and set objects in motion. Each piece offers a unique interactive framework that creates random fluctuations in movement and audio mechanics. As the work is activated, a conversation emerges between visual aesthetics and embodied interaction. This results in a playful approach to the art experience.
The exhibition presents a nexus between art and science that recalls such sources as Galileo’s astronomical instruments, Leonardo da Vinci’s diagrams on perpetual motion, John Cage’s artistic philosophy of chance, and Jean Tinguely’s concept of meta-mechanics. Ultimately, this work celebrates creativity and human ingenuity.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view until March 10.