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Human Hubris Undone

‘Steve Rowell: Uncanny Sensing’ at Inova

Jun. 17, 2013
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Steve Rowell’s multi-sensory installation explores an enduring philosophical question rooted in the anthropic principle: Does the universe—and our life-supporting planet, in particular—adhere to coherent rules and submit to our understanding because we are here to observe it? The related concept of anthropocentrism—the idea that humanity and its achievements are essentially the be-all-and-end-all of planetary significance—is surely at play as well.

Using camouflaged sensors, remote audio monitors and autonomous camera systems (terrestrial and aqueous), Rowell offers us largely unmediated footage that confronts these hubristic ideas. By giving us glimpses into processes ranging from animal behavior to erosion to the workings of machines, the artist challenges us to look and listen to the world in a new and selfless way.

“Steve Rowell: Uncanny Sensing” will be displayed June 21-Sept. 15 at Inova Gallery, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.


Plein Air Exhibit & Sale

Cedarburg Cultural Center

W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg

Each year, Cedarburg hosts one of Wisconsin’s most cherished plein air painting competitions resulting in dozens of visual celebrations of the area’s sprawling farm country, charming shopping district and historic landmarks. Check out the artworks and consider making a beautiful addition to your home June 25-August 3.



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839 S. Fifth St.

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