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“Vivarium” by John Powers

February 5, 2022 March 19, 2022

Vivarium by John Powers

February 5, 2022 – March 19, 2022

opening reception: February 5, 5–8pm

open gallery hours: Saturdays, 10am – 2pm

and by appointment

John Powers

In the 2nd century B.C. Egyptian King Ptolemy II of Philadelphus commissioned a Greek architect to build a floating statue of his late wife whom he had declared a deity. The suspended sculpture was designed with an iron core and was to be dependent on the overall setting of magnetic forces embedded within the roof and the walls of a purpose-built chamber to achieve its symbolic weightlessness. Inspired by both the imagery and symbolism of this kinetic gesture, Vivarium is an installation featuring video, sound and sculptural components that seeks to conjure a sympathetic moment of ascension, mystery, peace and the otherworldly grounded in the physicality of the present.

John Powers headshot

John Douglas Powers received his MFA in sculpture (with distinction) from The University of Georgia and a BA in art history from Vanderbilt University. He currently lives in Knoxville, TN and is Professor of Sculpture and Time-Based Art at the University of Tennessee.

Powers’s work has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Hunter Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The Alexander Brest Museum, The Masur Museum, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, The Vero Beach Museum of Art, and Cue Art Foundation.

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