To some, Agnes Chavez’s “Origination Point” might seem a mesmerizing abstract work, with geometric shapes floating and morphing amid a shifting soundscape.
But to her, it tells a very scientific tale that, in six minutes, takes viewers from the Big Bang to the emergence of the first life forms. “To me, it’s very literal,” said the Taos resident, whose piece, which premiered at the 12th Havana Biennial in Cuba last year, will be seen for the first time in the United States when it opens Saturday at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.
When she says it’s informed by actual physics, she’s not kidding. She spent a two-week residency last year at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland, where a particle accelerator uncovered evidence for the Higgs boson, often called the “God particle” for its role in providing mass for particles. “It was two weeks of immersion,” she said of that experience, adding that she is continuing a partnership with the CERN scientists. “It was really radically transformative.”
“Origination Point,” she said, “is about the visualization of these ideas.”