by timothy horn is based on 19th-century zoologist ernst haeckle’s illustrations of jellyfish. horn’s massive rubber chandelier refers to the history of ornamentation based on nature and the mythological gorgon. it is extraordinarily beautiful and at the same time monstrous… “medusa” which was recently exhibited at the andy warhol museum in pittsburgh will be exhibited at the san jose institute of contemporary art (www.sjica.org) from 15 august to 27 september.
the accuracy of haeckel’s illustrations are questioned by scientists but remain influential because of their beauty.
“medusa” (detail shot from underneath) 2006, silicone rubber, copper tubing, fiber optics, 72 x 102 inches in diameter.