Projects that investigate pattern and temporality

 Projects that investigate pattern and temporality

Harmonograph, 2015 California College of the Arts, Science in the Studio AICAD Symposium.             A kinetic sculpture that diagrams sound waves through the action of pendulums. This Harmonograph was a collaboration between Seth Augustine and myself with the help of CCA students, Klea Bajala, Nicolas Cilloniz, Adan Romo and Jacob Stillwell. This particular Harmonograph is an eccentric design employing two moving planes and two pendulums to drive the drawing tool. The piece measures 10' x 15' square and is made of cast concrete, wood and steel. The moving joints are made with rare earth spherical magnets.

ABAAB, 2011 Alterspace, San Francisco, CAA series of works made from found wood and player piano rolls that intertwine three sequence patterns; the punched patterns and printed lyrics on player piano rolls, human DNA sequence patterns and iambic pentameter. The pieces combine the different pattern sequences to create new interpretations of sequence, pattern and poetry. 

The works are wall pieces that use projected shadow and light to balance the surfaces of the piano rolls with their punched patterns.

Petrified Forest, 2009Ampersand Gallery, San Francisco is a collection of artifacts that measure the passage of time by concentrating on the inconsequential and the ephemeral. There are two bodies of work in this project. One is concerned with measuring time through artifacts of events; specifically patterns from gift-wrap, stripped of their color and softness to become skeletons frozen in stasis. The second uses hash marks as counting pieces that reference the exquisite tedium of boredom and waiting. Waiting for the right moment, waiting for something to happen, watching the moment pass. Inaction becomes dynamic when each hash mark is treated as the last. The experience of giving and receiving gifts changes over time and through the filter of memory experiences become shadows of themselves. 

I set out to build clocks and instead have made fossils. I wanted to explore the physical evidence of the passage of time. How changes occur in organic materials to create fossils. Can something be both ephemeral and significant? Can a memory be fossilized? The patterend gift wrap papers must be destroyed in order to create the etched glass patterns, similar to the way organic material breaks down and leaving the imprint in mud or sand that hardns over time. What is left behind is transformed, it is an impression of the original; transformed into a memory.