In Part Time Deep Time, Meghan Price looks to geological phenomena and the scientific practices of geology to investigate concepts of ‘deep time’ and human time. Moving between sculpture, weaving, printmaking, lacemaking, and video, Price works in laborious processes that create moments of connection between the human and the geological. Part Time Deep Time speaks to a desire to take part in activity that would slow one down to a place where movement becomes nearly imperceptible. Informed by the visual language of scientific illustration and everyday practices, Price’s work investigates how pattern can escape the confines of illustration and migrate back into the world, such as when dashes used to signify metamorphic rock begin to read as a tally, a language, or a measure of time.
A practiced birder will recognize a species by the way the entire flock moves, each bird only keeping track of its neighbours and yet capable of holding the entire pattern in seemingly choreographed flow. In these moments, even the smallest birds perform remarkable mathematical acrobatics that shift between individual and the group in order to move as one - to avoid predators, to migrate across great distances, to feed. We rarely notice this, having grown accustomed to the birds’ presence in our cities. Their acute awareness of their surroundings makes it so they’re rarely in the way. In To Move As One, Seema Goel implicates the viewers into questioning the assumptions at the core of how we interact with art and nature; what we choose to ignore, and where our attention lies and wanders. Boulders purr at the visitors’ approach, inviting and anticipating caress with a low rumbling sound; a flock of birds rests on the wire, until startled into flight.