past exhibition

MAY 2014: Motorized and Solar-Powered: Art in Motion

2014

Sculptor Stephan Soihl has an ambitious agenda: to make beautiful objects that are also performances.

To achieve it, he has taught himself basic electronics, engineering and lately the computer science behind microcontrollers in order to convert inert materials such as brass, Plexiglas and tinted motor oil into elegantly choreographed dances of morphing compositions.

In one of six sculptures Soihl shows this month, brass winged forms swivel and slide on brass rods as the whole rotates on a shaft protruding through the wall. Hidden from sight, on the other side of the wall, motors and timers control the idiosyncratic movement of the piece.

Closing Day Artist Talk: The Science/Art Connection: Saturday, May 31, 12 noon

Mark Malmberg is a Bay Area artist working the intersection of science and art in his own way. Like Soihl, he’s interested in kinetic sculpture and elegant design, and adds to that an environmental twist. Committed to making art which reacts to the greater needs of the world, he builds sunlight-powered robotic sculptures. They stand on their own as kinetic and sound-based art, but are also intended to bring awareness of the unlimited availability of the sun to answer growing energy needs.

Closing Day Artist Talk: The Science/Art Connection: Saturday, May 31, 12 noon

Fishbowl 1 Artist: 
Lynda Ater
Fishbowl 2 Artist: 
Joanne Kollman