Varnot — “Oh Varian Sea,” at ROCA

Mulling over the damaging effects of industrialization and consumer culture on the natural landscape, Varnot’s installation, Oh Varian Sea

… is an imagined scientific production of a landscape. In this piece, the mysterious lab sample explodes into a synthetic  wonderland composed not only of the found scientific objects, but also miscellaneous debris, pvc pipes, multi-colored wires, and electric green drinking straws linked together, suggesting slime tubes. With references to nature and the blooming spring, this lab-scape, as the title suggests, is a play on production, reproduction, and the spirit of growth.