Get more out of Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson with the accompanying audio tour available on the HoMA app. Written by the exhibition’s curator Katherine Love, the tour takes you inside the artist’s meticulous fabrication process and shares nuanced interpretations of four pieces in the show. For example, the iconic skull in I Am What I Isn’t was molded from a replica of a real human skull and, in the tradition of 17th-century memento mori, serves as a reminder that no one can escape fate. The artificial geode in the skull cavity is meant to evoke a star-filled galaxy because, as the astrophysicist Carl Sagan wrote in Cosmos in 1980, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff.”
If you already have the app on your phone, you’ll find the audio tour in the drop-down menu as “Audio Tour.”
If you haven’t yet downloaded our app, here’s all the information you need to get and use it.
Once you’re in the audio tour section of the app press the play icon for the corresponding piece. As you walk into the exhibition space, the order of artworks with corresponding tracks is arranged clockwise around the right side of the gallery—look for the headphones icon on the title cards.
Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson is on view through July 29, 2018.