WORKS FROM CASSINI'S LIBRARY AND CONTEMPLORIUM

BOOKS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR THE COMPREHENSION OF THE UNIVERSE

DENNIS EVANS + NANCY MEE

JUNE / JULY 2017

Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Studies on Mythological Topic: I tre aspetti della grande madre
(The Three Aspects of the Great Mother)
raku-fired porcelain in glass and steel vitrine
12” x 15” x 9”
2016
$ 10,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
The Trivium: Una Collezione di 3 livelli su questioni linguistiche e filosofiche terrestri
(A 3-tiered Collection on Terrestrial Linguistic and Philosophical Questions)

glass, porcelain and lead books
32” x 24” x 9”
2016
 
S O L D
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
The Book of Flight: Studi sul moto dei corpi terrestri
(Studies on the Motion of Terrestrial Bodies)
slumped glass in steel and glass vitrine
7” x 18” x 30”
2016
$ 10,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Works from Prospero’s Library: Una Piccola collezione di libri sull'universo
(A Small Collection of Books on the Universe)

glass and porcelain books
12” x 28” x 12”
2016
$ 18,000.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Un Grande Tomo relativo al pendolo di Foucault
(a grand tome relating to Foucault's pendulum)
mixed media and encaustic on panel
17" x 17"
2017
 
S O L D
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Un Piccolo libro sul movimento di un corpo celeste
(a small book concerning the movement of a celestial body)
mixed media and encaustic on panel
17" x 21"
2017
$ 7,000.
 
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Un Piccolo trattato sull'anima
(a small treatise on the soul)
mixed media and encaustic on panel
13" x 29"
2017
$ 8,000.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo
(the dialogue concerning the two chief world systems)
mixed media and encaustic on panel
33" x 30" x 10"
2017
$ 15,000.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Arcanum Mundi
(Studies on the Oracles)
raku-fired porcelain steel table and vitrine
44” x 17” x 12”
2017
$ 12,000.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Sezione Orbit 1.1258: Fibonacci
(Orbit Section 1.1258: Fibonacci)

fused slumped glass and mild steel
12” x 28” x 7”
2016
$ 9,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Sezione orbit 6.0221 'Una Doppia': Avogadro
​(Orbit section 6.0221 'A Double': Avogadro)
fused slumped glass and mild steel
13” x 36” x 8”
$ 9,500.
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Sezione Orbit 3.1415: Irrational
(Orbit Section 3.1415: Irrational)
fused slumped glass and mild steel
13” x 36” x 8”
2016
$ 9,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Prospero's Library #1
encaustic and mixed media on canvas with raku-fired porcelain book
17" x 17" x 4.5"
2016
$ 5,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Prospero's Library #5
encaustic and mixed media on canvas with raku-fired porcelain book
17" x 17" x 4.5"
2016
$ 5,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Prospero's Library #3
encaustic and mixed media on canvas with raku-fired porcelain book
17" x 17" x 4.5"
2016
$ 5,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Prospero's Library #7
encaustic and mixed media on canvas with raku-fired porcelain book
17" x 17" x 4.5"
2016
$ 5,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Prospero's Library #9
encaustic and mixed media on canvas with raku-fired porcelain book
17" x 17" x 4.5"
2016
$ 5,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Prospero's Library: From the Collections Table
raku-fired porcelain with bronze and steel base
11.5" x 17" x 12"
2016
$ 9,200.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Prospero's Books
slumped and sand-blasted glass, mild steel
9" x 13" 9"
2015
$ 10,500.
 
Dennis Evans + Nancy Mee
Bibliothèque de Mythologies
fused, slumped and sand-blasted glass, mild steel
58" x 16" x 12"
2015
$ 18,000.
 

About the Exhibition

Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712) was an Italian astromer, engineer and mathematician who was a progenitor of modern scientific thought and laid the groundwork for how we view the universe and our relationship to it today.

From 1648 to 1669, Cassini worked at the Panzano Observatory; in 1650 he was appointed Professor of Astronomy at the University of Bologna. In 1669 King Louis XIV of France (the famous 'Roi Soleil' or 'Sun King') commissioned Cassini to build the Paris Observatory, where he served as Director from the day it opened in 1671 until his death in 1712 at the age of 87.

Although he held various cosmological views of the universe, Cassini initally held the Earth to be the center of the Solar System, though later observations compelled him to accept the model of the universe proposed by Tycho Brahe and, eventually, that of Nicolaus Copernicus. Later in his career, Cassini uncovered the mystery behind the phenomenon of Zodiacal Light, a faint, diffuse and roughly triangular white glow visible in the night sky that appears to extend from the vicinity of the Sun along the ecliptic plane of the sky, caused by dusty objects in interplanetary space.

And yet, the realm of science had, for Cassini, its limits. Arithmetic, rhetoric, geometry, cartography. It was all fascinating and profoundly useful  to a point. But none could calculate the weight of the soul or interpret dreams or account for human consciousness. And Cassini, a closeted astrologer and mystic, yearned for those answers as well.

I M A G I N E . . . 

After hours in his observatory, Cassini would secretly retire to a small room directly off of the planetarium. He referred to this room as his 'Contemplorium.' Cassini's Contemplorium was at once a library, a laboratory, a place of refuge and a congeries, where beautiful objects and instruments were purposefully constructed for the comprehension of the most arcane aspects of the universe . . .