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Eve Andrée Laramée, An Apparatus for the Distillation of Vague Intuitions

Eve Andrée Laramée, An Apparatus for the Distillation of Vague Intuitions, 1994

Eve Andree Laramee, Installation    Eve Andree Laramee, detail

Eve Andrée Laramée
born 1956 Los Angeles, California; lives Brooklyn, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ingredients: Apparatus and An Apparatus for the Distillation of Vague Intuitions
1994
handblown glass with embedded black glass text
photos of installations at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; North Adams (left), Massachusetts and Randolph Street Gallery; Chicago, Illinois (right)
courtesy of the artist, © 2020 Eve Andrée Laramée

Ingredients: Apparatus (top image) functions as a key to Eve Laramée's large scale sculptural installation Apparatus for the Distillation of Vague Intuitions (bottom images). The sculpture appears to be a lab-based experiment, but a closer look reveals how the work explores human responses and emotions. Laramée’s sculpture references the subjectivity that is inherent in scientific inquiry, but often goes unnoticed. Science and technology can be seductive, offering what appears to be a logical and unbiased point of view. Laramée addresses the inescapable ambiguity and biases that are a part of both science and art. The Ingredients form a scientific metaphor that calls attention to the function and dysfunction in both fields. Both objectivity and subjectivity are ingredients of scientific inquiry and the creative process. According to Laramée, “this work seeks to inform the way we contrive knowledge, how knowledge is embodied, and how it affects the world. I am interested in how human beings formulate knowledge through art and science that embraces poetry, absurdity, contradiction, and metaphor.”