A rock, white granite flecked with mica, a superposition of pyramidal forms. A hole is bored through its center with a diamond-tipped drillbit. 2500-pound, 1/8-inch diameter spectra line is tied through the hole. The rock sinks to a depth of 100 fathoms (600 feet), and by the time it returns to the surface a light coating of rust has formed on the band of iron that runs through the center of it.

Another rock, darker and less geometric, rests in a round-bottom flask. An aqueous solution of sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide is poured into the flask. At once the rock begins to rust. Red-brown hydrated iron oxide seeps into the solution for 29 days. When it is removed, the rock appears to have developed a coating of sulfur. When disturbed, the rock disintegrates into a fine wet powder of lemon-yellow sintered microcrystals.

Ada's red-headed half-sister, Lucette, ingests a strong dose of dimenhydrinate via a series of fluorescing gin and quinine cocktails. She steps across a rolling deck, quickly gathering salinity, and plummets, vomits, sinks.

(4x), (2x), x is organized by the Discursive & Curatorial Productions (DCP) initiative. For more information about the DCP, please visit: http://visarts.ucsd.edu/discursive-and-curatorial-productions-sme-buildi...

4-24 February 2015
Closing Reception on Tuesday, February 24th, 7-9PM

Visual Arts Gallery, Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building
University of California, San Diego

Gallery hours: Wed & Thurs, 12-4 pm & by appointment,
Closing reception & exhibition walk through: Tuesday, February 24 // 7-9PM

Sheena Ghanbari

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Kyle Thompson is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Candidate. For more about his work, please visit: