Charles Sowers

San Francosco

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I am an artist and exhibit developer who has been making thought-provoking, beautiful, and sometimes whimsical experiences since 1998. My work presents actual physical phenomena—often of striking visual beauty—that draw people into a careful noticing and interaction. I seek to provoke a sense of delight and wonder and reward extended observation. Frequently this involves developing an apparatus to recreate or highlight some natural phenomenon.

The science of non-equilibrium pattern formation serves as a deep resource for creative ideas and I frequently collaborates with scientists to create works based on lab experiments. Through these collaborations, I have discovered a strong correlation between my process and that of the scientific experimentalist. We both build apparatuses—scientists to probe the limits of their collective understanding and I to probe the boundaries of beauty, delight, and wonder.

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