On July 14, new art gallery 5 Claude Lane will introduce "Machinations," an exhibit featuring the works of artists Nemo Gould, Jeremy Mayer, and Benjamin Cowden. Running through August 21, the exhibition will showcase distinctive kinetic sculptures exploring human interaction. Keeping in line with the gallery's focus on local and emerging talent, all three artists boast Bay Area roots, but display marked differences in their interpretation of the kinetic medium.
The exhibition's title "Machinations," is a cunning reference to the shifting and subjective definition of what constitutes art. A variety of kinetic based art will be on display--ranging from whimsical creatures and life size sculptures crafted from twisted metal bits to interactive machines. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, July 22 from 6 - 9 p.m. Additionally, an interactive artist lecture will take place Tuesday, August 3 at 6 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sculptor Nemo Gould displays a collection of robotic creatures crafted from salvaged material. Forgotten remnants of gadgets, broken tools, and other objects that were formerly cast aside, now have new life with Gould's interactive installations. Citing inspiration from his love of science fiction and cartoons, Gould's work playfully evokes child-like sentiments - all the while exploring ideas about sustainability, objectification, and the struggle for definition.
While Gould focuses his efforts on imaginary creatures, Jeremy Mayer's work narrows in on the human form. Mayer's pieces are crafted by assembling vintage typewriter pieces to portray anatomically correct human figures. His latest piece, Nude IV - "Delilah" is a six foot tall figure, named both for model Delilah Brown and for the biblical character Delilah from the story of Samson and Delilah.
Oakland-based sculptor Benjamin Cowden's work also utilizes interactive mechanical pieces, focusing on machinery and the interplay between gears and movement. His hand-cranked machines thoughtfully examine issues of everyday life, including his exhibit titled "A Series of Arbitrary but Passionate Decisions" which examines the dilemma of life's unforeseeable circumstances.