"Mechanism for Cloud Spreading in the DSMC Model II (Wings)"  54" x 54"; Science papers, polymer mediums, netting, Irish linen thread, burning, motor; 2014-16

Barbara MacCallum: Appropriating Science

September 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018

Irish-born artist Barbara MacCallum uses the scientific papers of her husband, Robert Johnson, an engineering professor at the University of Virginia, as well as casts of his body, to create beautiful, powerful, and provocative works of art. This exhibition features four of MacCallum’s most recent works: Europa's Radiation Environment and its Effects on the Surface (Shawl), 2014–16;  Mechanism for Cloud Spreading in the DSMC Model II (Wings), 2014–16;  Mechanism for Cloud Spreading in the DSMC Model I (Vest), 2013, and  Mars'  Upper Atmosphere under Extreme Solar Wind Conditions (Dress), 2013–15.  Composed of scientific papers, polymer mediums, wire screening, Irish linen thread, and other materials, the works command space and create an environment both otherworldly and familiar.