New York

Stephen Rueckert

Tomoko Liguori Gallery

Stephen Rueckert’s enormous sculpture The Standard Model (Abandoned), 1989, is inspired by particle physics, specifically by the vast accelerators that shatter minute matter, returning it to some essential state. It offers no clue as to what the diminutive components of particle physics might look like, but it operates as a fictive model that implies visually how the contemporary scientific process might operate. In its synthesis of precision and shamanism, Rueckert’s sculpture suggests the complex character of invention—the way in which discovery is both an intellectual quest and an act of voodoo.

At one end of the sculpture, a long, thin, brass trumpet sits on a waist-high I-beam. Its bell nearly touches the first of a series of four display cases, placed end to end like boxcars on a freight train. The legs of the cases rest on parallel tracks embedded in concrete slabs. These separate,

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