Largest Alexander Calder Exhibition Opens at Tate (London)

The largest Alexander Calder exhibition titled Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture opens at Tate Modern (London) tomorrow with over 100 works, and runs from Nov 11 2015 until Apr 3 2016. The Guardian writes: “The exhibition is both a reminder of how good he could be, and a revelation of how complex and far-reaching his influence still is.”

Image of Original Alexander Calder Mobiles

The exhibition includes Black Widow (1948) on loan outside of Brazil for the first time:

Image of Original Alexander Calder Mobile

The large mobile has hung at the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil in Sao Paulo for more than 50 years:

Image of Original Alexander Calder Mobile

Video of the exhibition by Vernissage TV:

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture Reviews:

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Mobiles – 3D Models – Render Animations (Videos)

A number of render animations I’ve put together of custom mobile designs:

To see the separate full length videos, please go to my YouTube channel.

3D Printed Mobile in Philadelphia Exhibit Titled MathThematic: A Fine Art Exhibition

Our 3D printed mobile Quaternary Tree Mobile (Level 5) is part of the current exhibition at Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia titled MathThematic: a fine art exhibition:

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The show features artists of all media in an exhibition demonstrating mathematic evidence in art, whether the works are directly inspired by math (geometry, fractals, patterns, etc.) or if the mathematical principles emerge naturally and reveal themselves from our human predisposition towards order.

The exhibition is taking place at the Esther Klein Gallery at Philadelphia’s University City Science Center, 3600 Market Street, October 7–November 20, and is part of the annual city-wide DesignPhiladelphia festival (October 8–16). An opening reception is scheduled for today, October 14, 5–7:30pm. Gallery hours are Mondays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm.

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Among 2-dimensional paintings and drawings that display intricate fractals and kaleidoscopic geometries, a variety of 3-dimensional, video and interactive works will be on display. Showcasing mathematics as much as the medium, some of the works on view include a long algae-like crocheted piece of hyperbolic curves, interactive design where the viewer can customize fractal performance with the touch of a finger, and unique geometric paper sculptures using the system of scientific kirigami.

Participating artists include: Justin Bean, Regina Ceribelli, William Cromar, Jessica Curtaz, Chris Eben, Robert Fathauer, Karen Freedman, S. Leser, Marco Mahler and Henry Segerman, Gabriele Meyer, Maximilian Morresi, Brittany Phillips, Bruce Pollock, Mike Tanis, Andrew Cameron Zahn.

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This is the second exhibition curated by Gaby Heit at the Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery investigating natural design. The first one was Cellular/Molecular for the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival.


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Photos of Large Atrium Sculpture (Kinetic Art Mobile) Installed

Photos of a large atrium sculpture (kinetic mobile) I custom designed, made and installed (via The Art Company) at the newly built Joint and Spine Center at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, last month (August 2015):

Photo of Large Fine Art Mobile

Initially, 22 different sculptors were considered for the project – see the design proposals that I submitted.

Photo of Large Hanging Mobile

The sculpture measures 33ft (10m) in height and 26ft (8m) in diameter.

Photo of Large Mobile Art

The largest shape is 5 2/3 ft long (1 3/4 m), the longest arm measures 17 3/4 ft (5 1/2 m) in length.

Photo of Atrium Sculpture

Made of aluminum, the mobiles weighs only about 100 pounds (45kg).

Photo of Kinetic Art Mobile

Two photos from the Grand Opening Celebration on August 28th 2015:

Photo of Calder Style Mobile

Photo of Calder Inspired Mobile

Photo of Large Hanging Kinetic Sculpture Custom Made

Photo of Large Hanging Mobile Art

Render animation of the 3D model of the mobile:

Photo of Large Custom Mobile

The hospital is located on a hilltop in historic Mt. Auburn above downtown Cincinnati. The view from the hospital’s rooftop garden:

Photo of Downtown View From Rooftop

A view from outside of the suspended sculpture in the atrium:

Photo of Atrium Sculpture Outside View

The 125 year old Christ Hospital is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals. Here’s an outside view of the newly built Joint and Spine Center with the atrium in which the sculpture is installed at the main entrance:

Photo of Atrium Sculpture Outside View

These are photos that I took myself. Professional photos should follow within a month.

Thanks to Mike Rainer of Mike’s Machine & Welding for assisting with the construction of the mobile.

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5th Prize for 3D Printed Mobile at Swiss 3D Printing Competition

As part of the 20th Triennial Grenchen 2015 Art Limited – Multiple Art, the
Kunstgesellschaft Grenchen in collaboration with PrintaBit organized a 3d printing competition, in which the 3d printed mobile I submitted won 5th prize:

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From the jury:
“This work highlights the formal possibilities of 3D printing, as the way the joints are combined within
one form is possible only in that new media technique; and despite the hard-edge material, the
movement and lightness of color, with the play of shadow on the wall, creates a sense of dynamic

The above is a render. You can see an actual print of the mobile (in red) in a collection of photos from the exhibit.

1st Prize went to Markéta Schiffnederová for her 3d printed sculpture Crumpled Rabbit:

Photo of 3D Printing Sculpture by Marketa Schiffnederova

From the jury:
“As a 3-dimensional form, this work is visually interesting from all angles; its subject – an organic
creature – visually has the throw-away quality of crumpled paper, yet the synthetic colour and actual
texture are contradictions to the known sight and touch of both rabbit and paper; and because it
successfully embraces the nature of the medium of 3D printing.”

2nd Prize went to Marc Reist, 3rd to Jean-François Réveillard, and 4th to Oliver Ende.

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© 2015 Marco Mahler