Nov 19 - Dec 19, 1998
7-10PM

Organic Mechanics

Victoria Scott and Simone Jones

Organic Mechanics is an exhibition of sculptural installations by Victoria Scott and Simone Jones, two promising young artists who share an interest in the resonance between the organic and the artificial.

Astute observers of kinetic motion, these two artists make works that are powerful and visceral reminders of our bodies' need for protection, stimulation and expression. At the same time, each artist displays a sensitivity towards the needs and the intelligence of their creations.

Each artist has an ongoing interest in the emotional and aesthetic impact of specific materials, Jones' preoccupation being with wood, Scott's with metal.

Two large-scale mechanical pieces form the core of the exhibition. They are Scott�s Coil Room and Jones' Transformation #1.

Coil Room fills an 800-square-foot space with fifteen vibrating four-foot-round inverted steel coils. Each extends from the ceiling almost to the floor and is spaced apart so that viewers may walk among them as if in a dense and pulsating forest. Their slow, undulating movement evokes the power of sexual energy, as the piece seeks to envelop viewers and induce in them a sympathetic resonance.

Transformation #1 consists of three wooden kinetic sculptures whose forms are based on geometric pentagons. As each sculpture slowly extends and contracts its limbs, their proximity and movement create a play of shapes and light reminiscent of flowers, sea anemones or crystals.

Organic Mechanics explores the ways in which technology can mimic, magnify and reinterpret organic existence without necessarily having to surpass it. It is an exhibition that highlights the materials of the machine and insists on the need to creatively approach our shared world.

Click here to view an archive of the original Organic Mechanics exhibition website.

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