Eve Andrée Laramée, Ideology/Uncertainty

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

Eve Andrée Laramée
born 1956 Los Angeles, California; lives Brooklyn, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico
handblown glass sculpture with embedded glass text
19 x 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ in. (Uncertainty), 15 x 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ in. (Ideology)
lent by the artist
photo courtesy of the artist, © 2020 Eve Andrée Laramée

In this sculpture, two hand-blown glass flasks represent the cultures of science and art. Uncertainty is large, Ideology is small. Eve Laramée explores the disconnect from the contingencies of “reality.” The scientists working on the Manhattan Project, for example, decided to go ahead with the Trinity test even though they did not know if it would ignite the atmosphere. The sculpture also represents the spectacle of “big science” and “big art.”