Arthur Ganson at the MIT Museum

September 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments · Artists, Boston

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Arthur Ganson, Machine with Wishbone, date unavailable

MIT’s Sculpture of Arthur Ganson exhibition is one of the best shows I’ve seen all year, in part because I was expecting to see a robotics exhibition that turned out to be fine art, and in part because Ganson’s antics float in that extremely rare space of being technically bewildering while simultaneously poetic.

Seen above: tenderly engineered, hand-crafted machines allow a chair to dance on top of a rock, a cat be smacked by another chair and a wishbone (as in chicken) to walk down a track. In each work the movement is precise and smooth, the obvious result of much labor and thought. The mechanics are not “the usual mechanics” either: each mechanical intersection begs consideration.

Ganson is an engineer’s engineer.

The bar is now raised for kinetic sculpture. Each artwork — and their are approximately 20 in the room — holds you 10 times longer than usual and keeps you coming back to look all over again.

Kinetic sculptors: it’ time to buy a ticket to Boston. Exhibition is “ongoing.”

Arthur Ganson, title and date unavailable

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