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Peter Hutchinson

John Gibson Gallery

Peter Hutchinson showed his animate science-fiction landscapes in both scale models and photo-montages at the John Gibson Gallery. In the models, Hutchinson creates three types of encapsulated botanical or chemically self-contained and self-generating environments which flourish inside of hooked test tubes or glass cylinders and are set into fantastically contrasting natural landscapes. Inorganic, decaying, and primitive growths like molds, algae and mosses, or crystal-yielding chemical solutions proliferate within the enclosed tubes, which are surrounded by volcano, desert, or arctic scenes and terrains in the photo-montage projects as well as in the simulated but functioning models. Some of them will eventually he realized in immense full-scale proportions on actual sites which approximate those of the fantastic looking plans. The chemistry and biology of these tiny but complete life

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