British sculpture artist Ivan Black has a deep-rooted passion for kinetics and a talent for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. This gift is perfectly illustrated in Nebula Hive, a 1 m high x 0.75 m wide luminous vortex of kinetic energy that slowly transforms into countless celestial forms, captivating the observer with each twist and turn: this is a traditional chandelier for the 21st century.
The M.A.D.Gallery is honoured to present in exclusivity a Nebula Hive limited collection of 18 hand-polished and nickel-plated pieces, created by Ivan Black through his lighting sculpture brand INK. Between the motion of this spiralling work of art and the light emanating from it, it's very difficult to resist its allure.
At first glance, Nebula Hive’s design and cutting-edge lighting commands attention: its luminous qualities fill its surroundings with an untouchable aura. Pushing past the scope of pure illumination, Black uses the power of mathematics and inspiration from naturally occurring shapes to create a twirling masterpiece of light, art, and motion.
Black’s minimalistic style is illustrated in his work. “I’m always looking to put the movement of the work front and centre. I’m fascinated by natural geometry, the mathematics that underpin and define the natural world; spirals and fractals exist everywhere in nature, these geometric archetypes have inspired and informed my ideas for patterns of form and motion,” he explains.
Nebula Hive – Ivan Black for INK
- Limited edition of 18 pieces
- 1m high (1.15m including the motor) x 0.75m wide
- Price: 24'800 CHF inc. VAT
Nebula Hive has an integrated motor that initiates a burst of power, setting the chain mechanism in motion. Imagine the chain mechanism as a spine positioned at the core of the kinetic sculpture and consisting of connected components – or vertebrae – that govern a succession of seductive movements. The energy vacillates through the centre, smoothly guiding a playful and hypnotic performance with illuminated and outstretched brass arms, even when the motor is off. As the mechanical energy dissipates, Nebula Hive continues to morph into shapes reminiscent of a double helix or a distant celestial orb before settling back into its lustrous original state.
Another dimension of Nebula Hive emerges at nightfall when the layered structure recedes into darkness while the glowing lights perform a spectacle as if it were a distant elliptical galaxy of stars. Whether day or night, moving or immobile, Nebula Hive infiltrates the mind’s eye, stimulating the imagination with its dynamism.
For the tech savvy living in a connected home, Nebula Hive connects to a proprietary iOS app to control luminosity, speed, direction, and patterns of rotation with the swipe of a finger. Need to establish a window of time for it to operate independently? No problem: the app is also equipped with a programme-setting function.