Making a Point of Inflection

Friday, March 29 through Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bernie Lubell makes interactive installations that focus on the intersection of science and the arts.

As visitors work together to animate the mechanisms, they create a theater for themselves and each other. By encouraging participation and touch, the pieces coax visitors to engage their bodies as well as their minds. The way that pieces move and feel and sound as you rock them, pedal, crank and press against them applies the kinesthetic comprehension’s of childhood to the tasks of philosophy.

Making a Point of Inflection
Latex, hemlock, pine, plexiglas and air. 10′ x 7′ x 4″.
In every relationship that is pumped up there is always something that comes
between the parties. Participants are encouraged to reach out and touch
each other through the double latex wall.

A Prurient Interest, 1999, Pine, hemlock, latex and music wire
Making art is not so much about fun “…it is more like having an itch…”  Jean Tinguely.

Questionnaire Stand, 1995 (with a questionnaire about “Time”)
Pine, paper. springs and pencils
Which word in each pair has the most time?

Cheek to Cheek, 1999, Hemlock, pine, urethane, latex and music wire
Stand with your back to the stool, put on headset with “Front” to the front
then sit on the stool.

Quicken, 1999 Cypress, latex, Plexiglas, music wire and maple

“…And as I prophesied there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: But there was no breath in them.” Ezekiel 37:7-8

Belief Would be a Brother,2008, (for Etienne Jules Marey),
Wood, latex, music wire and copper

Two Body Problem, Three Body Problem and Voodoo w/Flow Chart, 1993
Pine and music wire
Henri Poincare observed that Newton’s laws of gravity can be solved exactly only when
there are two bodies present. With more than two bodies, adjustments must be made.

Preamble, 1982, Birch, walnut, plywood paint etc…

The Verb Intransitive,1984, Painted plywood and assorted hardwoods
A game with no direct object. Inspired by a Lenny Bruce routine.

Pre-Requisite 1984 in 2008, Painted plywood and assorted hardwoods

Choose to Choose, 2013
The Phillips Curve suggests that if you decrease inflation, unemployment will rise.

Aphasiogram, 1999, Hemlock, pine, latex, urethane and copper
Stripping the words from answers to this questionnaire reveals another sort of meaning.

Video Monitor loops a one-hour collection of video clips of some of
Lubell’s larger participatory installations.
Please sit on the bench to activate.

Thank you Bernie Lubell for a glimpse into the world of your
fantastic mind and allowing us to play!

Exhibition continues through May 1, 2019


Funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Liberty Arts Hours of Operation
Liberty Arts, 108 W. Miner Street in Historic Downtown Yreka, CA 96097
OPEN ~ Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday ~ CLOSED
530 842-0222

Photographs by Sharon LoMonaco, 2019