Thesis: Kieran Riley Abbott

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses 2014.

The following images are from Kieran Riley Abbott‘s BFA thesis exhibition, Structures of Scientific Revolutions, at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities this Spring. Here is a brief statement…

Contemporary interpretations of invisible spaces are both scientific and spiritual. My current work focuses on present-day theories in science and technology alongside the history of these theories, providing a dialogue between past and present, and between known and unknown. Most recently I am interested in the structure of information itself, investigating non-real spaces such as “The Cloud” where computers now collect data. Even though the digital realm is unimaginably vast our individual interaction with it can be very intimate, and I like to highlight the awkwardness of this relationship.

I borrow from the graphic language of diagrams and maps found in science texts, most recently focusing on the grid as a known symbol of clarity and order. When these grids warp, they shatter the illusion of a perfect system and allow new ways of seeing the world. The process for my thesis work centered around digitally cutting “perfect” grid forms into vinyl, only to twist and break these forms with my hands. The disfigured grids are then stuck directly to the wall or exposed onto a screen so they could re-enter the two-dimensional realm. The title of this series is borrowed from Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” in which Kuhn explains the endless cycle of scientific knowledge, never truly arriving at an answer but instead questioning, destroying, rebuilding, and questioning some more. 

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