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Vogel-Cut Crystal Prototypes
assorted materials (shown: cement, dark chocolate, red oak wood, marking chalk, black chalk, sugar, purple heart wood, hydrocal plaster, gold crayon wax, sawdust, expanding foam, poplar wood, insulating foam, walnut wood, dirt)
1"x5"x1" each
2015 - ongoing

After working at IBM as a research scientist for 27 years, Marcel Vogel turned his attention from magnetic disks and magnetic strips to another type of information storage system--quartz crystals. Designing an iconic cut crystal form (the ‘Vogel-Cut’), he travelled throughout the US and Europe, giving lectures and workshops on its use. Records are Written in Stone uses Vogel’s workshops, papers, and interviews as a starting point for a series of works that engage the mysteries and aesthetics of an occult science.
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Composition with Quartz Crystal (After Marcel Vogel)
gelatin silver photogram
11"x14"
2016
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Marcel Vogel 1975 Levitation Incident
courtroom sketch (by L.D. Chukman)
14"x17"
2014
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Composition with Quartz Crystal (After Marcel Vogel)
archival pigment print
12"x18"
2014
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Levitation Incident
found chair, potted plant, quartz crystals
dimensions variable
2014
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Composition with Quartz Crystal (After Marcel Vogel)
archival pigment print
18"x12"
2014
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Marcel Vogel Healing a Coworker at IBM
courtroom sketch (by L.D. Chukman)
14"x17"
2015
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Vogel's Madonna
postcard
4"x6"
2014

In one experiment, Vogel held the image of a Madonna in his mind’s eye while looking through a microscope at the formation of liquid crystals. Rather than forming typical crystalline structures, these crystals came together in the shape shown here. Two images of this phenomenon can be found on the web—one with a black background and one with a light gray background.