Endless Movement is a collection of limited-edition kinetic sculptures currently containing 18 artworks. The MB&F M.A.D.Gallery in Geneva has the pleasure of featuring five of these: Thrinax, Apollo 18, Hover, and two variations of Skipper.
Endless Movement provides a feeling of the fourth dimension, where the nature of mechanics shifts ever so slightly. The collection uses wood, textiles, and metal as the primary materials, while the elements of the sculptures are set in motion by specially designed mechanisms powered by electricity. The ratios of proportions and materials, details, and range of motion of each element are carefully crafted to jibe with those of human beings in order to provoke a desire in the observer to communicate with the art. The motion of each artwork is so conscious and quiet that the mechanisms appear as living organisms that might have existed in the distant past or the unpredictable future on any planet in the universe.
Thrinax, made of metal and North American walnut, looks like it’s ready to take off. And, indeed, it can flap and light up on demand. Despite the heavy, tropical-looking wood used in its making, the open plan of its design makes it seem so light that it could float. Vaguely inspired by the image of a palm tree, the hypnotic motion is comforting and mesmerizing at the same time. Thrinax measures 1160 mm (width) x 1860/2100 mm (height) x 1160 mm (diameter) and is limited to 20 pieces.
Pulsating from side to side, light sources going along for the ride, Skipper symbolizes life cycles. Made of contrasting metal and textile pleats, Skipper reminds us of both the durability and fragility of life. The artists decline to reveal the obscure inspiration for this piece, insisting that, “The observer sees what they want to see.” Available in chrome or graphite at the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, Skipper is limited to 10 examples in each variation and measures 1540 mm (width) x 1030 mm (height) x 185 mm (diameter).
Apollo 18, on the other hand, was inspired by the real-life fact that NASA’s Apollo missions finished with Apollo 17. This sculpture thus poses the question what Apollo 18 might have been. “Is it finished?” asks Smith (Kuznetsov). Made of stainless steel, ash wood, and other metal, this object comprising 484 individual components pulsates in tune with the infinity of the universe. Apollo 18 measures 1120 mm (width) x 1610 mm (height) x 800 mm (diameter) and is limited to 12 examples.
Is it an insect or is it Hover? This sculpture with its wild “eyes” lurks and pulses as if it came straight out of the woods. Ambiguously inspired by a butterfly, once activated it seems to float thanks to “wings” made of textile pleats, which come in grey or blue. Limited to 10 examples, Hover measures 240/920 mm (width) x 940 mm (height) x 95 mm (diameter).