These machines are fabricated out of graphite/epoxy composites, using hand lay-up molding techniques, with fillet brazed and cold-shaped chromium-molybdenum seamless steel tubing. Various rubber/vinyl/nylon/acrylic assemblies and alloy bicycle components are involved as well. All the sculptures are constructed deliberately using many similar parts and materials, and, much like classical music composition, they are exercises in variations on a theme. Each work is designed to traverse a different medium, and incorporate a unique approach for locomotion. In 1995 I received an NEA Fellowship in Sculpture, in recognition for this kinetic sculptural series.

 

Dada Rode a Bicycle/MoMA Was a Peddler*



*Dada refers to the title of a European art movement during World War I, with its wry interest in the machine aesthetic. The bicycle was an image used (read: Rode) by many of this group... especially the artist Marcel Duchamp. MoMA refers to the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City. The museum has long been a standard bearer in Modern Art. MoMA's rise to power however, can be traced back to the fledgling New York Armory Show of 1913. A then minor European artist was catapulted (read: Peddled) into international stardom there with a small, sensationalized painting. The painting was Nude Descending a Staircase. The artist was Marcel Duchamp.