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Time Lag

Metal, plastic, electronics
2008 - 2009
Artwork by [user-name]

I grew up in a household where classical music was taught and performed. The influence of this music had a deep impact on my creativity. My sculpture parallels music in many ways.
Like classical music, my sculptures are related to mathematics. The formal qualities of the pieces are based on geometry. Conceptually, my work is often influenced by chaos theory.
My sculptures are meditative objects. They perform hypnotic events that can be subtle or overwhelming. The sculptures challenge a viewer's sense of perception through motion and sound.
The contradiction of form and functionality is an idea often expressed in my work. It is a subversion of common machinery into art. My sculptures are critical, yet playful.
My sculptures address the perception of time. References to memory, nostalgia, and rhythmic theory are created through the combination of motion, sound, and form.

One Small Step

Moon globe, child’s moon-boots, plastic, metal foils, light blue paint, Qwerk robot controller, motors, sensors, misc. additional mechatronic components.
2009
Artwork by [user-name]

A moon globe sits in a stand on the floor of the gallery near the wall. A mechanical structure attached to the gallery wall supports a child’s moon-boot above the globe by two thin cables each of which is controlled by a winch motor. Movements of the winch motors puppet the boot to perform a walking motion with a bounce like that of the Apollo astronauts as they explored the moon’s surface. A small toy satellite dish is gimbal-mounted above the boot mechanism so that two additional motors can make it peer in different directions around the gallery. It sweeps the gallery looking for “life” which in this case equates to anything that interrupts the beam of its low-end IR range-finder, including occasionally itself. A third motor on the boot turns the winch assembly so
that the boot can “walk” in different compass direction depending on where the satellite dish indicates it should search. “One Small Step” is a simple robot that quixotically “believes” it is living every robot’s dream: to go to other celestial bodies and look for life.

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