Gallery to feature moving sculptures

Posted May 27, 2011, at 6:54 p.m.

BELFAST — Moving sculptures by internationally acclaimed artist Arthur Ganson will be exhibited at Waterfall Arts from June 3 through July 29. The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 3.

Ganson has exhibited internationally and has a permanent revolving display at MIT in Boston. Having created kinetic sculptures for more than 30 years, he began making his work move because he found that he was “most interested in the state of becoming.” His machines have been featured in such diverse settings as the Long Now Foundation seminars, the band Dead Man’s Bones’ music video and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. Ganson said he starts with some idea from deep inside himself and then “wrestles the idea or question into physicality.”

Ganson’s work incorporates handmade gears, pulleys and motors plus disparate items such as chairs, feathers, paper, violins and dolls into whirring and moving sculptures that spark the imagination, tell humorous stories and display scientific principles. His website, www.arthurganson.com, features videos of many of the machines in action.

Activities related to the exhibit are an artist talk by Ganson at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and workshops in making kinetic sculptures with Belfast artist Wes Reddick. He will lead “Purposeful Purposelessness,” a workshop for ages 12 through adult, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Another class, “Shoe Box Kinetics,” will meet 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 20 and 27 and Aug. 3 and 10. In addition, groups of local students are scheduled to tour the exhibit during June.

For more information, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

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