Reception | Origin Story - Marie Heléne Boone
Fri, Oct 8, 2021 - Sat, Jan 8, 2022 / On view from 9-5, Mon-Sat
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 / 6-9pm
Marie Heléne Boone
TANK Space at Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Houston, TX 77007
On view from October 8, 2021 - January 8, 2022
Opening reception October 23, 2021, 6pm - 9pm
“Living matter is the most powerful geological force.” - Vladimir Vernadsky
In “Origins Story,” Brooklyn based artist Marie Heléne Boone does an extensive excavation through the past, exploring primordial earth and the origins of life itself. In this exhibition, Boone installs an architectural column in the center of Tank Space which performs as a fossilized vessel for the contents within. Enclosed within this pillar is one of the first living organisms on earth; the cyanobacteria.
Billions of years ago earth was a hostile environment, however when cyanobacteria began populating the oceans, they produced oxygen as a waste byproduct resulting in a dramatic atmospheric alteration— forming life as we know it today. The cyanobacteria has survived through these eons by using symbiosis, where a cell merges with another cell in a way that helps both survive.
By starting with the genesis of earthly existence, Boone uses the past atmospheric narrative of the cyanobacteria as a reflection to contemporary cultural and environmental events humanity faces today.
Suspended above the sculpture are valves of iron oxide acting as veins to the structure. Iron is a key food source for Cyanobacteria, giving life to the bacteria that gave us breath. Over the course of the exhibition, the piece will be altered daily by the iron oxide seeping into the pillar’s surface, creating a visual of weathering change. The viewers of the installation become spectators of its evolutionary progression.
Boone uses the blue pigmented cyanobacteria as an artistic medium and point of reflection on how humans aren’t the first organisms to cause a complete environmental shift on Earth, only the first ones to be aware of the changes being caused by their actions. This exhibition takes an objective perspective on life by using a cosmic timescale, viewing consciousness not as something that happens on a planet, but something that happens to a planet.
Working at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy, Marie Heléne Boone delves into the realm of materiality in the built environment; using the tangible and speculative world as a basis to imagine how life began and where it is headed. Boone deconstructs sculpture into a simplified connotation, using Aristotle’s theory Hylomorphism which proposes that all objects are a combination of matter and form. However, through Boone’s process of simplification, deep hidden complexities emerge.
Marie Heléne Boone (b. 1995, Houston, TX) lives and works in New York City, NY. She briefly studied Design in Houston, however, is mostly self taught. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Kime Contemporary, Indianapolis, Indiana; Neighborhood Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including, Public Gallery, London, UK; Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Gallerie Benjamine Eck, Munch, Germany; Touba London, Paris, France. She has taken part in artist residencies with Plop Residency, London, UK; Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan; Belmont Hotel, Dallas, Texas.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM.