No Boundaries Sculpture Association Meeting: Wednesday October 3, 2007
This week’s featured Artist
Salazar studied fine arts at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, in Bogota, Columbia.
Late in her studies she employed machines to perform repeated human tasks.
She creates the machines to serve as a distorted mirror to our actions.
Shoe Lacer/ Needle Threader
Some machines successfully perform their tasks, and others’ tasks are to try to achieve a complex or precise movement with rudimentary mechanics. Such as the: Máquina que intenta amarrar un zapato (Machine That Tries to Tie a Shoe), and Máquina que intenta enhebrar una aguja (Machine That Tries to Thread a Needle).
Adriana Salazar’s machines highlight the triviality human activities while lending a legitimacy to their imperfections.
For example the Máquina fumadora (Smoking Machine) moves arm with a cigarette to the glass mouth, the pump creates a vacuum that ‘inhales’ then the arm moves the cigarette away as the pump ‘exhales’.
The Careless Machines start by making a toast, and become less synchronized as they continue, as if they are drunk.
The Crying Woman, produces condensation, and the Consoler dries it with a handkerchief.
Porristas (Cheerleader), and Máquina Desempolvadora (Dusting Machine)
Salazar makes each object, and considers herself an amateur. She describes the engineering these objects as basic principles of physics, powered by disco ball motors.
Salazar lists some of her influences as Rebecca Horn, (installation/ performance artist) Jean Tinguely (Dada, metamechanics), Man Ray and Hans Haacke (conceptual artist).
We’ll be going as a group to see Susan kae Grant’s artist talk at the MAC.
If you’re interested in carpooling talk to Erin.
As a group we’ll be improving studio by extending the display wall.
We’ll start on that as soon as we get the materials, and the wo/man power.