Symmetrical Asymmetry:

A Brief Look At CAC’s Most Recent Visual Arts Exhibition

R.L.T. Prankard, Cactus Writer

Geometric forms stood alongside curving masses in a display of the juxtaposition between symmetry and asymmetry, making Signal Peak’s most recent Visual Arts Gallery opening, titled Slash, Swoop, Swerve, a truly entrancing sight to behold. The art on display features a variety of metal sculptures, as well as a multitude of ball-and-tube works.

Forms, as various and unique as the ones laid out at the gallery, boast an incredible amount of imagination, which the artist Kevin Caron has no lack of. When asked about where it is that he pulls inspiration from, Caron says, “Astronomy!” He quickly points to the largest piece which dominates the center of the exhibit hall, a massive ball-and-tube sculpture titled “Cosmology,” which features a cube that leads into a square, that leads into a triangle, that falls into a singular point. “I think of either a black hole, with everything falling into a single point, or a white hole, with everything bursting outwards from a single point,” says its artist, when describing the piece. Looking around at each ball-and-tube structure, the influence of physics and astronomy is evident. “Tesseraction” is a three-dimensional model of a tesseract, which exists as a four-dimensional shape. “Big Bang” lacks the symmetry and rigidity maintained by other ball-and-tube models, possessing instead a multitude of curving tubes, which rapidly expand outwards from a central sphere, giving emphasis to its title.

Aside from balls and tubes, there are a small handful of other sculpted forms present. One such piece is a twisting column created using a 3-D printer. According to the artist, its inspiration came from “red wine and dark chocolate”. “I just kick back at my desk with a glass of red wine and a bowl of dark chocolate M&M’s,” Caron elaborated, “put the mouse and keyboard in my lap and just experiment with creating different forms in AutoCad.”

Another interesting sculpture is the spiraling, accordion-like “Dorothy’s Nightmare,” looking akin to an ominous steel tornado locked in specific point in time. “To be honest, I didn’t know what I was making when I made this,” says Caron. “Around the time it was finished, those tornados tore through Kansas, and so I named it ‘Dorothy’s Nightmare.’”

Walking around Slash, Swoop, Swerve and observing the contrasting sculptures, which have taken up residence within the gallery, is a mind-opening experience. Each form’s inspiration holds roots in the natural world, which surrounds us, and each form offers a different perspective for seeing the world on both a micro and macro scale. Open until April 23, Slash, Swoop, Swerve is worthwhile trip into the imagination of an artist, whose mind is as well rounded as the pieces which he crafts.} else {