Armando D. Cosmos
Nothing New Under the Sun

★★★☆☆

On until 20 December 2023

Cosmos, who is no doubt a victim of nominative determinism, wants to redefine STEM as the alliance of science, theosophy, engineering, and myth. Digital tapestries with the look of 1980s popular science magazines illustrate the aesthetic connections between the research of life and life itself. Whimsically but also mechanistically, the works line up the atom, the DNA helix, and the microscope against the shapes of the planets, plant seeds, and the winding serpent of Asclepius.

These images could become moderately successful memes. The earth is a viral molecule on one tapestry, and biotech brings a new dawn on another. Both science and myth take turns as the butt of Cosmos’ clipart jokes.

Unfortunately, this study remains largely decorative because the works make too much of coincidence and not enough of the image. Their epistemic basis, that everything looks like everything else, is intuitive but insufficient. These diagrams, therefore, could be at home on an “in this house we believe” yard sign and an anti-vaxxer’s rally with equal ease. The artist would likely endorse neither.


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Peter Fischli and David Weiss at Sprüth Magers ★★★★☆

Peter Fischli and David Weiss

★★★★☆

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Pablo Bronstein, Cakehole at Herald Str ★★★☆☆

Pablo Bronstein

Cakehole

★★★☆☆

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Saccharine Symbols at Rose Easton ★★★☆☆

Marisa Krangwiwat Holmes, Shamiran Istifan, Tasneem Sarkez

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★★★☆☆

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Odoteres Ricardo de Ozias at David Zwirner ★★★☆☆

Odoteres Ricardo de Ozias

★★★☆☆

These images are perfectly charming even to a viewer possessed of a cold anthropological eye. The troubling part is in realising just how far ‘outside’ the ideas are.

Cui Jie, Thermal Currents at Pilar Corrias ★☆☆☆☆

Cui Jie

Thermal Landscapes

★☆☆☆☆

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Anastasia Pavlou, Reader at Hot Wheels ★★☆☆☆

Anastasia Pavlou

Reader, Part 2; The Reader Reads Words in Sentences

★★☆☆☆

In this game of aesthetic cognition, the idea which survives is of the artist thinking.

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