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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sonya Rapoport - MERCURY

Sonya Rapoport is showing her artwork, MERCURY, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana. This work, done in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory was completed in 1980. Since that time, it has been dormant in the IMA collection. Early hand colored blueprint sketches of MERCURY had been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists' Soap Box Derby in 1978.  Margy Boyd had purchased this edition as a gift to the San Francisco Museum. Assistant curator Amanda York of the Indianapolis Museum discovered the original five consecutive computer form panels. They had been exhibited in the exhibition PAINTING AND SCULPTURE NOW and, subsequently purchased. The work is comprised of drawings in color pencil that Rapoport had executed directly onto the printout surface of the research of nuclear chemistry. On this surface she interpreted bombardment schemes, transferred copy images, placed rubber stamp impressions, and other related visual imagery.

MERCURY will be on view at the Indianapolis Museum for six months.

The five panels of Mercury installed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Detail of Mercury