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Jack Sawbridge

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University of Nottingham, 2005, DipArch

sculpture, abstract, surrealism, installation, Blown Glass, Wood, oak, Piano Strings


I make ornate objects that are designed as geometric experiments. I set twisting natural shapes of seasoned timber against the simple, straight line, Euclidean, geometries of piano type strings. This is to explore the idea of Jean Nicod that there are an infinite number of geometric systems that could be used to describe a shape other than our traditional Euclidean system. This includes sonic systems.

The strings are fully operational and the artwork is interactive in that it can be played and the tuning systems altered. This is done through the use of various devices or props, as a means of antipositivist experimentation. In my most recent series, the Balletic Goniometers, blow molded glass vessels have been connected to the tuning systems. These become devices to alter the tuning by adjusting the weight of the contents inside the vessels. The conception behind these interactive devices is born from the use of Alfred Jarry's idea of 'pataphysics. I always see my work as a performance and that these devices exist on a metaphorical stage. The Balletic Goniometers are visual devices that are used to read the decay in flexibility of a ballet dancer's joints over time. The Ligament Goniometers are similar but used to read the wear and tear in a Ballet Dancer's ligaments.

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