Caelum is a conceptual interpretation of the correlation between physical earth, sound and light as key components in the classic movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. When I think of the word supernatural I instantly think of the spiritual: the extraterrestrial. This piece is meant to explore our connection to both the physical realm (by utilizing dirt as medium) as well as that of the celestial (light and sound). Mankind has always had an affinity for that unknown and intangible realm. Is it innately in us to reach out toward that unknown? What drives mankind to connect our earthbound bodies to something “out there?” As an artist team, Quincy is continually exploring the spiritual nature within humanity. Luke, on the other hand, devoutly researches the physicality of scientific evidence.
The dirt in the bottom section was collected at various sites around the country reported to have extraterrestrial activity. The sculpture is approximately 10' tall x 1' x 1' and houses color-changing LEDs along with a 2 channel fixed media sound art composition composed from manipulated samples from the soundtrack to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.