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Pomegranate Wall
New Media

96 x 480 in. (243.84 x 1219.2 cm)

Catherine F. Wagner (San Francisco, California, 1953 - )

Object Type: New Media
Medium and Support: Ten light boxes with printed Duratrans, Plexiglas, fluorescent lights and metal frames
Credit Line: Acquired from the artist upon the completion of the San Jose Museum of Art Artist Residency Fellowship, awarded to the artist in 1997.
Accession Number: 2001.40

Catharine Wagner: Paradox Observed, April 5 - August 18. 2019,New Wing, First Floor, Gibson Family and Plaza Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

Real and HyperReal
, January 30, 2010 - August 1, 2010, New Wing, First Floor, Gibson Family and Plaza Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection, November 20, 2004 - July 9, 2006, New Wing, Second Floor, South Metro A and Central Skylight Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

Catherine Wagner: Cross Sections, October 3, 2001 - January 20, 2002, New Wing, Gibson Family Gallery and Plaza Gallery, First Floor, San José Museum of Art.

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Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2004-2006)

Catherine Wagner uses a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine as she would her camera, generating cross-section images of fruits and vegetables which, unlike human beings, can remain perfectly still in the confined space indefinitely. As a result, Wagner is able to generate images much richer in detail and clarity than MRIs of human bodies. In Pomegranate Wall (2000), the images are arranged into an endlessly repeating pattern, suggesting the process of cellular replication and the cycle of life. By using medical technology, Wagner acknowledges the way science explores certain areas such as cloning, which often have complex philosophical and ethical repercussions.

In the pomegranate, Wagner has found a subject that is particularly suited to her interests. She chose it for its interior structure, which she regards as cellular looking. Historically, the same structure made the pomegranate a symbol of the Christian church, the seeds signifying its many believers. It also represents fertility in a number of cultures, and is believed to have medicinal properties. For Wagner, Pomegranate Wall (2000) is a meditation on observation and exploration as fundamental elements of science and art, two important pillars of our culture.

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