July 2017 Household Narratives. Curated by Kevin Liebowitz. Gallery North. Setauket, NY.
Mixed-media kinetic sound sculpture with mild steel, OSB plywood, fused deposition modeled polymers, mechanical assembly, analog electronics, and sound
~64 x ~24 x ~24 inches (~36 x 13 x 12 inches, not including base)
A steel sound sculpture is divided formally by holes and slots which segment a metal plane into small resonant pockets of varying frequency material determined by the sculpture’s proportions and their proximity to harmonic nodes. The use of an electronic apparatus, made up of a function generator, amplifier, electromagnet, and mechanical assembly, allows for amplified waveforms, passing in and out of tune with the resonant frequency of the sculpture, to be focused in a narrow field of electromagnetic radiation, acoustically driving the metal without the intervention of traditional hammers, plectrums, or bows. The electromagnet, which is enclosed in a vertically moving carriage, scans up and down the length of the steel sound sculpture, focusing on different sections of the metal form. The result is a sculptural work that evolves and morphs over time as an organic and autonomous resonant body. In addition to the primary kinetic element, this piece builds upon an aesthetic language incorporating such things as the use of provisional construction techniques, transparency of process, aesthetic functionalism, and the use of crude, yet effective analog systems.