Depicting infinity, filament by filament

Artist Vija Celmins finds a way to give vastness a shape -- to capture and define what might appear limitless to others

Object Lesson

March 26, 2006|By GLENN MCNATT | GLENN MCNATT,SUN ART CRITIC

The intricate web woven by a spider is one of nature's engineering marvels. Each silken thread, secreted through glands on the spider's abdomen, is less than a millionth of a meter thick.

Who can count the individual threads of a spider's web? Who can trace its ingenious architecture of interlocking lines and radii, or its densely woven network of tiny attachment points?

THE BALTIMORE FAIR FOR CONTEMPORARY PRINTS AND NEW EDITONS / / April 1-2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. / / Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive / / Artist Vija Celmins will speak at the museum at 7 p.m. Friday / / Call 443-573-1789

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