Sarah and Joseph Belknap

Images

Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, 4 months of Sun Spots, 2014. HMI intensity gram; 9 × 9 in. (22.9 × 22.9 cm), Courtesy of the artists.
Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, Deflated Exoskin (1) (left) and Deflated Moon Skin (1) (right), 2014. Silicone; 24 × 52 × 14 in. (61 × 132.1 × 35.6 cm), Courtesy of the artists.
Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, Detail view, Moon Skin (5), 2013. Silicone and simulated lunar regolith; 24 × 18 × 240 in. (61 × 45.7 × 609.6 cm), Courtesy of the artists.

About

Sarah and Joseph Belknap, long-time collaborators, move freely between sculpture, photography, video, and performance in their highly inquisitive artistic practice. Reflecting on our place in the cosmos, their work draws inspiration from the history of science, popular imagination, and their shared sense of wonder. For their exhibition at the MCA, the Belknaps look both to the skies overhead and the ground beneath our feet to find their subjects, whether they are modeling the cratered surface of the moon or distant exoplanets in a set of new sculptures or comparing the two largest impact craters on the moon and the earth in other recent works. On a deeper level, their practice is driven by a restlessly experimental process and an approach to sculpture that centers on the use of unusual materials such as silicon rubber and simulated lunar regolith—a synthetic approximation of moon dust, more commonly used by scientific researchers.

This exhibition is curated by Karsten Lund, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Installation Images

Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, MCA Chicago, Oct 11, 2014–Feb 24, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, MCA Chicago, Oct 11, 2014–Feb 24, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, MCA Chicago, Oct 11, 2014–Feb 24, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, MCA Chicago, Oct 11, 2014–Feb 24, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, MCA Chicago, Oct 11, 2014–Feb 24, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, MCA Chicago, Oct 11, 2014–Feb 24, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, MCA Chicago, Oct 11, 2014–Feb 24, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Funding