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Current Exhibition

The Duality Paradox The Duality Paradox

Reilly Donovan

The Duality Paradox

Watch TECHNOLOGY AND GLASS: A Conversation with Reilly Donovan and Ben Wright during the GAS Virtual Conference (May 21-23). Watch the video online HERE.


The Duality Paradox is a theory in physics that every quantum object exhibits both particle and wave characteristics. The theory suggests that the properties of a particle cannot be fully described without considering its wave attributes and vice versa.

New media artist Reilly Donovan explored the visual representation of this theory in glass during his experience as an Artist in Residence  in 2018 at Pilchuck Glass School and again in 2019 at Museum of Glass. Using glass and new media to examine the complementarity between particles and waves, his featured work explores the models we simulate to describe the behavior we see in nature and how we believe in the frameworks we manufacture.

About Reilly Donovan:

Reilly Donovan (American, born 1984 in Seattle, WA ) is a new media artist working with emerging technologies to create interactive installations, virtual reality artworks, augmented reality exhibits, and mixed reality experiences. Donovan’s work explores how computer simulations, machine learning, and interactive environments challenge the boundaries of our senses. His work examines how machines are molding our future, changing our culture, and confronting our perceptions of reality.

From 2010 – 2013 Donovan was the lead assistant to the new media artist Gary Hill where he helped deploy a variety of new media projects throughout the United States and Western Europe. From 2015 – present, Donovan has exhibited nationally and internationally, including: Design Basel in Switzerland; Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM; Seattle Art Fair; Out Of Sight; 9e2; The Paseo Project in Taos, NM; Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum in Connecticut; The Anchorage Museum in Alaska; and Bellwether in Bellevue, WA.

Donovan started working in virtual reality with the first generation Oculus and has continued to explore every emerging extended reality platform since then, including: the HTC Vive, the Microsoft Hololens, and more recently the Magic Leap. In 2018, Donovan was an Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School where he experimented with the intersection of glass and mixed reality. Donovan recently collaborated with the artist John Grade to exhibit a mixed reality installation at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut and the Anchorage Museum in Alaska where the two combined physical and digital content into one immersive experience.


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