January 29 - March 25, 2016


Geologic Cognition Society

Geologic Cognition Society

Part of R&D

Salt research

Salt research  Geologic Cognition Society | 2015 | courtesy of the artist


Geologic Cognition Society (Cleveland, OH):
John Daniel, Ryan Dewey, Dru McKeown

Opening reception: Friday, January 29, 6pm - 9pm
On view at SPACES: January 29, 2016 - March 25, 2016

Photo Catalogue

Can salt mean something for us about Cleveland's sense of place today? Visitors will follow an immersive path through the formation of the salt deposit, reconstructed in the gallery, piecing together a sensory story of layering and accumulation in this region. Their experience culminates in the quieting hollows of a salt chamber reconstructed from salt slabs mined for this installation. In the saltchambervisitors will experience solitude and a physical connection with actual slabs of salt that are over 300 million years old but mined in present time underneath nearly 2000 feet of lake water, glacial clay, and Cleveland bedrock.

UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE focuses on one moment in geologic time: the moment when the massive salt deposits under Lake Erie were formed. Visitors take a journey through geologic deep time to encounter the atmospheric and sensory conditions of an ancient ocean and the subsequent events leading to the formation of Cleveland's salt. This encounter renders visible a moment in time that is typically invisible in modern life.

Special thanks to:
Cargill Deicing Technology - Cleveland Mine
William Tricker,Inc., a water garden greenhouse for supplying the aquatic plants
Berea Moving & Storage Co., for transporting the salt
Great Escapes Landscaping, LLC. for transporting the salt
Brinsley Tyrrell for donating outdoor salt
And community support anda special project funding by the Ohio Arts Council

About the Artist

Geologic Cognition Society

RYAN DEWEY works in sculpture, installation, performance, research, and land art, looking at connections between people, places, and land use to produce a kind of ecological dreaming. Donna Haraway has called his work one of her favorite examples of art about the anthropocene in her book Staying With The Trouble.... go to artist page

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