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"Jeff Wyckoff: Codex"
2005-03-18 until 2005-04-17
USA United States of America
31GRAND is pleased to present Jeff Wyckoff’s second solo show with us, Codex El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula. The title stems from the original name for Los Angeles, where Jeff received degrees in both art and science. It also references Leonardo da Vinci’s Codices. Jeff has always married a fine balance of art and science in his life. While successfully developing an art career in New York, Jeff is also part of a world renowned cancer research group as a faculty member of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Here, he has developed novel techniques of exploring how cancer cells move in the body, potentially leading to new drug discoveries. His art work explores the space between art and science, using traditional and unique mediums to examine ideas from traditional science as well as chaos theory, the golden ratio and numerology.
Jeff’s current body of work, “Codex,” is a collection of 12 drawings and a functioning clock. The 12 drawings are pastel and chalk on chalkboard paint on paper with dual levels; erased underdrawings appear ghostlike under the top layer drawings. The drawings illustrate the interconnectedness of all things. One piece, titled “How Motorboats Work”, explores the phenomena that the mechanical design for a motor boat engine was designed and developed before the structure and function of a sperm’s flagella were determined, but both design and function are identical. In other drawings the content ranges from the microscopic to the cosmic.
In the center of the gallery, Jeff’s sculpture “Happy Hour” is a clock that times the transition, to 2500 scale, from DNA to RNA for the protein molecules that make up alcohol dehydrogenase, the protein responsible for degrading alcohol in the body.
No Two are Alike, 2004
chalkboard paint on paper, pastel and chalk