The bulk of Long-Sharp Gallery’s presentation at the Seattle Art Fair will be comprised of kinetic sculpture by two artists: Gino Miles and Tarik Currimbhoy.
Gino Miles hand-cuts and welds his work. Inspiration for his bronze and marine-grade stainless steel sculptures is found in delicate organic forms which thrive around the artist’s Santa Fe studio -- be that the twisting vine of a morning glory or a seedling first sprouting from the soil. This body of work, now in its 8th year, took on its kinetic qualities when Miles sought to portray the forms the way he saw them – moving in the wind. Today his sculptures – ranging from small-scale [e.g. 12 inches tall/20 pounds] to monumental [e.g. 17-feet tall/over 2,000 pounds] -- are attached to their bases with a pin, which allows the works to be rotated at will. The balance reached in these structures reflects the mastery that only an artist who has honed his craft for 4+ decades can achieve.
By contrast, Tarik Currimbhoy, architect and former instructor at the Pratt Institute, begins to envision his simple, elegant forms through complex mathematical and scientific calculations. The sculptures are made of solid metal – steel, bronze, or brass. They are perfectly weighted and perfectly balanced. Once touched, the sculptures sway back and forth until all of the energy from that touch is consumed. Bronze and brass sculptures are sand-casted; steel sculptures are fabricated.
Together, these artists reignite a movement begun decades ago.
In addition to kinetic sculpture by Miles and Currimbhoy, we will exhibit works by Joan Miro, Dale Enochs, and Wayne Warren.
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