Reel to Reel
An interest in motion patterns and the introduction of random
factors into their often highly complex, still seemingly effortless
installations is a constituent element of the work of the
artist duo Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen from Helsinki.
In their second gallery exhibition they present two installations
which more than ever deal with the mutual dependence of single
components forming a system.
In the main exhibition space a spheric construction made
of white, powdercoated aluminium hovers in the air, suspended
on two pillars halfway between floor and ceiling. Four interlocked
rings of more than 3 metres in diameter can be set into motion
by simply giving them a gentle push. Moving slowly and effortlessly,
they orbit each other and the centre of the exhibition space.
The construction is a hybrid between a gyroscope and a gyrocompass,
both of them tools created to deal with gravity, surveying,
mapping and therefore interpreting space. The installation
brings to mind Early Renaissance architectural models of a
pre-Kopernikus planetary system, where the sun and other planets
revolve around earth on wire orbits, while the earth itself
stands still. Just like those delicately executed models which
still didnt resemble reality, the system created by
Grönlund - Nisunen can be seen as a model, as well. As
an attempt to arrive, making use of motion, to a description
and depiction of space or rather non-space? After all, the
centre orbited by those aluminium rings is empty.
In the adjoining room, 16 metal discs are arranged in a freestanding
metal frame, connected by rubber belts, and powered by an
electric motor. If one part moves, they all do. Since the
driving collars attached to the discs offer different positions
for placing the rubber belts, the discs rotate at different
speeds. Light from behind the sculpture shines through slots
in the rotating discs and creates a projection of the movement
on the opposite wall.
Both works are kinetic experiments, in the case of the spheric
installation, due to its complexity it wasnt possible
to conduct a test run. In the course of the exhibition it
will become clear weather the movements follow repetitive
patterns or take a random course.
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