Temporary Measures

Texas State Galleries
San Marcos, Texas
February 5 - March 9, 2018


Against the history of natural phenomena, and their collusion in shaping our planet, human interventions maintain a remarkably brief tenure. Our alterations to landmass, the extraction of resources, domestication and consumption of organic precincts, and the development of technological regimes, seem like modest amendments compared to the shaping of mountains or the drifting of oceans.

The substances of the world exist in fixed quantities, with only the possibility of being redistributed, recomposed, or transfigured through time. After several million years, the violence of geologic time may usher forth an unrefined bit of gold onto the shoal of a river, the possibility of a goldsmith one day fashioning a coin, and, eventually, the coin’s surrender to another depositional affair in the tectonic envelope.

Copper and zinc—the elements that conspire to form the idiom of brass—are shaped by metamorphic processes unavailable to our conception of time and scale. Brass is a substance more closely aligned with the provisional dynamics of science or the utility of the applied arts, than with the presumptive permanence of sculpture. Its resistance to corrosion and wear allowed John Harrison to harness geographical longitude with the gearing of the first sea clock, and its acoustic and bactericidal properties underwrote the flare and luster of Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet.

The works in this exhibition explore the syntax of matter—to refuse anchorage in time, to slip from the assurances of physical permanence, and to yield only briefly to the geometries and aesthetics of human intention.

Exhibition / Temporary Measures
Heather Scott Peterson Exhibition / Temporary Measures

Installation view of Temporary Measures
photo credit: Rebecca Marino

Heather Scott Peterson Exhibition / Temporary Measures

Heather Scott Peterson Exhibition / Temporary Measures

Heather Scott Peterson Exhibition / Temporary Measures

Heather Scott Peterson Exhibition / Temporary Measures

Heather Scott Peterson Exhibition / Temporary Measures