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Frank McEntire: The God Particle

With the discovery of the Higgs boson particle--popularly known as the “God particle” due to its essential role in attempts at understanding the nature of matter and the origin of the universe--in July, science and religion found a common ground. In addition, the news of the discovery inspired a local art show.

Art and science have already been colliding and colluding for a while, in the works of many artists locally and elsewhere. Frank McEntire looks at religion and spirituality with the eye of an artist in his mixed-media works. “The god particle … gets to questions concerning the origins of the universe and what it--and, in turn, we--are composed of materially,” McEntire says. “The discovery carries great potential for the future of particle physics and science in general as well as interesting implications for developments in religion, philosophy, and art.”

The genesis of these new works that add science into the McEntire mix occurred two years ago, when he made the acquisition of used science and lab equipment from a defunct area high school, as well as obsolete items from the engineering department of a local college. Works like “Quantum Balance” and “Six Perfections,” the latter with its half-dozen mirrors (pictured), ponder what the scientific eye is searching for--whether it's balance, perfection, origins or, ultimately, meaning. McEntire doesn't claim his artworks are science or theology, but reconfigurations of what he “scavenges from small bits of their detritus.” But they are also the dividends of a mind that has considered all these subjects on a profound level. (Brian Staker)

Date: Aug 30, 2012
Time: All Day
Phone: 801-533-8245
Address: 418 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: David Ericson Fine Art