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Nigel Poor & JD Beltran


287 inkjet prints facemounted to plexi sizes: 2 1/4 to 2 1/2"

Globe, water, film and video, custom electronics, and mixed media.  2012


Quintillion makes use of a collection of insects found over a yearlong period. Each fly is photographed, printed at various sizes 1 1/4 – 2 1/2” (circular prints) and face mounted to plexi. The 287 Flies, each in its own Petri dish like casing, are scattered on walls in a corner of the gallery, creating an environment in which to immerse the viewer. They watch over the space and work as a reminder that we, and our ideas, are temporary.  Sitting in the middle of this environment is a large crystal ball, through which one views these same flies morphing into and out of each other, along with other imagery.  In the 14-25 days that a female fly lives it is capable of producing 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 eggs, (quintillion) an incomprehensible number, as hard to make concrete as the notion of eternity.  Long after an idea has been expressed, has had its moment and becomes part of the past, flies will still be producing their progeny at this mind-bending rate.  These insects work like the skull at the Monk’s bedside -- a reminder that we too will pass and become obsolete.  Yet given this irrefutable knowledge we persist. There is nothing more important than what we are and yet there is nothing more inconsequential. Nigel Poor and JD Beltran are using this project as a jumping off point to further investigate how our brains take in information and process seemingly impossible concepts.

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