The spirit of the M.A.D.Gallery is captured in this collection thanks to Völker’s clever transformation of common products into mechanical marvels fusing exacting technology. Watching the honeycomb fans pirouette and twirl in unison is mesmerizing; this kinetic art will forever have us looking at decorations in a new light!
The “Fuchsia, Orange & Royal Blue” exhibition features three animated works of art, each performing an entrancing show as the decorative honeycombs spin, fold, and unfold with choreographed precision similar to an Olympic synchronized swimming team.
Völker’s three-dimensional artworks wonderfully reimagining a common party trimming are simply captivating, whether in motion or fixed position. The origami-esque paper décor, designed in powerful hues ranging from vibrant royal blue and vivid fuchsia to bright orange, seemingly dances atop the semi-matte lacquered frames to which it is mounted. When the motion is suspended, the honeycomb decorations come to a stop in a beautiful pose.
The back is as equally impressive as the front with intelligent motors and exceedingly complex electronics – envision an electrical labyrinth of wires, circuit boards, and copper connections. “This project allowed me to explore my work from a different perspective” Völker reveals. “It was an exciting and challenging task to perfect each and every detail of the architecture and movement.”
“It was an exciting and challenging task to perfect each and every detail of the architecture and movement.”
The audible sounds created by the paper structures as they whirl about should be appreciated. One might imagine waves softly crashing ashore with each opening and closing of the décor.
The extremely quiet motors allow the sounds of the crinkling paper to be heard and not drowned out by a noisy mechanism. “One reason I wanted to make the motors so quiet is to make people forget about how the piece works and just enjoy the beauty of when it is running,” he adds.
“Orange” is a set of four brilliant tangerine colour paper honeycombs anchored on a square base measuring 50 x 50 cm. This piece is a limited edition of 28 and works as a small solo piece or as part of a diptych or triptych. The five raindrop- shaped paper décor of “Fuchsia” stand in a single file line creating a striking visual on a long table. There are 18 pieces available that measure 112 x 7 cm in size. “Royal Blue” is limited to 8 pieces and features 16 circular fans in a vibrant cobalt hue dancing on a 110 cm square frame.
Each base is lacquered with a dark version of the complementary colour of the honeycomb-paper object.