Anish Kapoor is a sculptor whose work consistently mesmerises and inspires awe, with his latest work, Leviathan he seems to have excelled himself once more. Leviathan is presented as this years piece for Monumenta – an invitation from the French Ministry for Culture and Communication for an internationally-renowned contemporary artist to create a site-specific work for the Grand Palais in Paris, and it would seem Kapoor is one of the few artists that can do this stunning space justice.
Anish Kapoor has used the launch of the show to bring attention to the plight of his incarcerated friend and colleague, Ai Weiwei, to whom he dedicated the piece.
Anish’s sublime work demands a response, immersion and interaction from it’s audience, and doesn’t require you to have an art degree do appreciate it. It’s also best experienced first hand, so if you find yourself anywhere near Paris between now and the 23rd of June, get yourself down to the Grand Palais, you won’t regret it.
Joe Rush is a UK scrap metal sculptor and founding member of the Mutoid Waste Company, and driving force behind Trash City at Glastonbury Festival, and Mutate Britain.
I first met Joe on site with the Mutoids in Santarcangelo, Italy around 1995, when HRH the Prince of Wales obligingly flew me over business class and provided a bit of spending money, and have had the opportunity to jump on board with his crew a couple of times more recently at Glastonbury’s Trash City.
These “Mousetrap” contraptions are called Rube Goldberg Machines – needlessly elaborate contraptions build to perform relatively simple tasks, after the American cartoonist and Engineer of the same name. He’s the U.S. counterpart of Heath Robinson, who’s work i was more familiar with. Heath Robinson, incidentally had a WWII code breaking machine named after him, which itself was a direct predecessor to the first programmable digital computer.
Here’s a more domestic themed Rube Goldberg Machine, and of course there’s the Honda Ad.
Well there’s me new site, up and running, I’ll apologise in advance if my updates and posts are a little sporadic in the near future however, as the next 2 months are going to be hectic both with study and the studios. I’ve posted afew new albums, with the most recent work to be found here. I’ve also posted a couple of “process” albums, so you can look at the building of a piece from design to completion, with “Watching” and “Mother of all Invention”
Some amazing images of a huge ultra high-voltage test bench (popularly known as a “Tesla’s set”) is located in the Moscow Region and serves for testing machinery for its resistance to influence of the pulsed field. Just a shame I couldn’t find any of it fired up!
Welcome to my new site, hopefully one that will be easier for me to keep up to date! I’ll also be posting various articles and images of interest to me including events, exhibitions, art, robotics, technology, and maybe even a bit of politics.