"Let’s start with Kieronski’s piece, which grabbed first place in the
show’s three-dimensional art category. Titled "Create Life," it
consists of an antique pinball machine that Kieronski has outfitted
with an array of more modern amenities, including the innards of at
least one computer and enough laboratory equipment to satisfy the needs
of most high school science classes.
But Kieronski, a Newport
artist who clearly has
more than a little mad scientist in his own DNA, also wants viewers to
ponder some of the moral and philosophical issues posed by modern
science. That we can ponder these issues while playing pinball — a game
that depends on an appropriately Darwinian mix of chance and skill —
only adds to the work’s offbeat charm. "
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