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.”
The exhibition includes Black Widow (1948) on loan outside of Brazil for the first time:
Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture Reviews:
- Largest Alexander Calder exhibition opens at Tate
- Rotation, rotation, rotation! Alexander Calder and his high-wire circus act
- Alexander Calder, Tate Modern, review: ‘has the wow factor’
- Performing Sculpture: Alexander Calder
- Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture review – the master of perpetual motion
- Alexander Calder: Discovering a joyous reading of the experimental artist’s work at Tate Modern
- Alexander Calder: As his mobiles fill up Tate Modern
- Magnificent mobiles: the art of Alexander Calder
- Calder’s Performance Art at the Tate Modern
- Alexander Calder Comes to Life at London’s Tate Modern
- Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture review
- Alexander Calder: the man who made abstract art fly
- Hanging by a thread: Alexander Calder at the Tate Modern
- Review of Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern London
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
Initially, 22 different sculptors were considered for the project – see the design proposals that I submitted.
The sculpture measures 33ft (10m) in height and 26ft (8m) in diameter.
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.
Made of aluminum, the mobiles weighs only about 100 pounds (45kg).
Two photos from the Grand Opening Celebration on August 28th 2015:
Render animation of the 3D model of the mobile:
The hospital is located on a hilltop in historic Mt. Auburn above downtown Cincinnati. The view from the hospital’s rooftop garden:
A view from outside of the suspended sculpture in the atrium:
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:
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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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:
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
1st Prize went to Markéta Schiffnederová for her 3d printed sculpture Crumpled Rabbit:
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.”