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The Complex and Curious Use of String: Forest Z. Allread at Transformer

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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Cabinets of Curiosity, Forest Z. Allread’s solo exhibition at Transformer. (Courtesy Transformer Gallery)

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A bounty of striking, colorful string, woven together to form a nebulous-like form, catches the viewer’s eye as he strolls along P Street.

Cabinets of Curiosity, Forest Z. Allread’s solo exhibition at Transformer, is an intriguing amalgamation of the complexities of string theory and the mundane objects that populate everyday life, milk crates and cigar boxes. The site-specific installation challenges the viewer to take a nuanced look toward space in order to cultivate and realize new experiences.

Using accessible and recognizable objects like tennis rackets, drift wood and a pickle jar, the recent Corcoran College of Art + Design graduate invites the viewer to consider the fantasy and wonder present in his own daily life. By viewing the materials that constitute one’s own life with an informed, yet constantly questioning eye, one is able to expand his thought process in a way that is “truly postmodern.”

On Saturday, February 9 at 3pm, Allread will be in conversation with Dr. John Royer, Ph.D., Physicist in the Complex Fluids Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Cabinets of Curiosity will be on display at Transfer until February 23, 2013.

Transformer is at 1404 P Street NW and is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 7 pm and by appointment.

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