What if a counter proof makes any proof an illusion?
To consider beauty as a quality of truth has a very long history, especially within a scientific context. Antje Guenther’s new project questions how aesthetic impulses, as well as the desire to prove, have been influencing the development of theories and hypotheses. Urban photographs of Barcelona, Glasgow and Osaka are combined with full-page reproductions of American photographer Wilson Alwyn Bentley’s photomicrographs of snow crystals. Bentley produced over 5,000 photomicrographs, proving that no two crystals are exactly alike. Guenther closely analyzed Bentley’s book Snow Crystals (1931), which supposedly contained 2,453 different crystals; in it she detected 76 exact crystals reproduced twice and two reproduced three times. In addition to her and Bentley’s black-and-white photographs, Guenther includes text fragments on questions of beauty in science and the concept of supersymmetry. The book, created from her prior installation and projections, is built symmetrically, to visually seduce as well as to carefully compare images for potential evidence.
8 ¼ x 12 ¼ in. / 124 pp / 56 b&w
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