San Francisco

Edgar Arceneaux

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Visionary ’70s jazz musician Sun Ra, Conceptual art kingpin Sol LeWitt, and Galileo each played a starring role in Edgar Arceneaux’s recent exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Composed of eight interrelated works from Arceneaux’s series “Borrowed Sun,” 2004, the show linked the three innovative men via their disparate relationships to the heavenly body named in the title, recruiting them for a meandering investigation of scientific and artistic approaches to the theme of infinity.

Though essentially whimsical, Arceneaux’s installation maintained a reverent, thoughtful tone. This was inadvertently underscored by the lighting, which was kept low in order to accommodate a film projection. Permutation Without Permission shows the artist and his assistant working on the front lawn of Arceneaux’s modest Spanish-style Southern California home. The pair chalk a large circle and

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