builders' timber, wheels, metal axles, electric push-on lights, rope
h. 1400mm l. 1000mm by w. 600mm (rope 7500mm)
exhibited at TRIPTYCH, 28-30 Clarendon Road, Leeds, June 2012
PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE II is a construction made from two timber builders' palettes, metal axles and plastic trolley wheels. Attached to the wooden structure are two electric push-on lights - for eyes - and some rope.
When a person pulls the rope, the object is silently moved along the floor. This movement exists as either a potentiality or a workable reality, depending entirely on whether the viewer chooses to interact or passively observe it in stasis.
The piece invites both physical interaction and quiet contemplation of what it is to take up space through both movement and stillness. It exists in a state where the existence of the object is pushed (quite literally) away from the artist and towards the viewer.
IMAGE GUIDE (from top)
1. Construction phases (images from artist's collection)
2. Photograph courtesy of TRIPTYCH exhibition documentation (2012)
3. Photograph courtesy of TRIPTYCH exhibition documentation (2012)
4. The journey home post-exhibition. iPhone photo courtesy of friend (2012)