Motion in repose: sculpture revisited

Posted by Chris Wray on May 21, 2009 in art |

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I’m revisiting some early wooden sculptures I built. More accurately these works are assemblages, as they incorporate found objects (rock and rope) along with wooden forms that I’ve created.

My work reflects a fascination with physical properties: weight, mass, force, and gravity. I feel mechanical devices best demonstrate the qualities of motion because they embody the principles of physics. I was also inspired by the invention drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.

What does it all mean? Well, as a child I spent hours pulling apart old watches, clocks, electric motors and the like in an effort to understand how they worked. This inquisitiveness gave way to understanding and further curiosity as I examined the contraptions, their connections, articulations, and transference of forces. It is this phenomena of intrigue that I want to convey in my artwork. More specifically, my assemblages are a celebration of human curiosity, exploration, and invention.

I feel that my wooden sculptures bridge the gap between design, art, and science. Although the work is subjective, it nonetheless addresses universal experience of intrigue. Have a look at the gallery of images and let me know what you think.

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2 Comments

Farid
May 30, 2009 at 10:02 am

You’ve got some very interesting stuff going there. I specially like the ones with lots of gears and gear teeth – it gives such a feeling of ‘fit’ – that everything goes together.

It’s interesting. For someone like me who spends a lot of time in front of a computer screen and is getting used to creating & experiencing everything in a virtual world, it feels almost unreal to see something handcrafted – it adds a lot of ‘heft’ to the experience.

I wonder how it would be to express some of our modern ‘machines’ in the form of sculptures – or assemblages as you call them. What would be a good representation for a blog for instance ? or a twitter ? or the internet itself ?


 
Chris Wray
May 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm

An artistic representation of social media–now that’s a really interesting creative assignment. I’ll have to noodle on that one! Thanks for your comments. Have a look a my latest post on urban spaces. I love your photo blogs of your magnificent countryside.


 

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