Sea Change by George Cutts April 12, 2009Posted by sashahc in Uncategorized.
Tags: art, george cutts, kinetic art, kinetic sculpture
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For all the nifty kinetic sculptures we dorks make, sometimes you see an artist who just knows how to get it right. I went to Storm King Art Center on Friday and had a marvelous time walking around the landscape amidst 40′ sculptures. We were playing the “How would this sculpture wander about if it was alive” game. Rounding the hill, we came across a sculpture and said, “Well, that one would just do as it is doing.”
This is what the Storm King website has to say:
“Visitors to the north trail are now greeted by the sight of two tall, slender stainless steel tubes anchored to a motorized stainless steel disk turning slowly, creating the impression of fluid movement. This unique, lyrical, motorized stainless steel sculpture was inspired by the currents and waves of the sea, as experienced by the artist, who is also an experienced-scuba diver.”
We sat and watched it, moving around it to see different angles. Fantastic.
Trimpin’s Sheng High (dorkbotSF Tour) March 27, 2009Posted by k0re in Trip Report.
Tags: art, field trip, kinetic art, kinetic sculpture, music, sound, trimpin
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About 15 lucky dorks were invited by sound artist and kinetic sculptor Trimpin for a private preview of his latest installation Sheng High which was premiering the following day at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis. It will be at the Nelson from March 26 – May 17. Viewing hours are 6-8 pm daily. The address is:
The Richard L. Nelson Gallery & The Fine Arts Collection
University of California, Davis / Art Department
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
It’s an amazing piece where he converts music into a circular notation using 5 different software and many manual processes to create pie shaped piano-player type sheets with reflective material denoting the ‘notes’. The reflective material triggers sensors on a rotating arm to actuate motors which lift and dip several faux-boo poles into water, where the displacement of air within the pipes from the changing water depth produces the sound which is supposed to emulate a sheng which is a Chinese reed instrument. In a nod to Nancarrow who usually puts Hello into his player piano scores like an audio easter egg, Trimpin also plays Hello on the Sheng High
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