BRAD KASPARI

KASPARI DESIGN STUDIOS, INC.

SPECULATIVE OBJECTS & INSTALLATIONS

Along with my permanent public art installations, I also maintain a more speculative studio practice that is directed toward temporary installations and gallery scale pieces. This allows me to research various types of interactivity,  materials, and techniques that would not necessarily be appropriate for  public sites.  However, discoveries made in these projects often filter into my permanent work. Below are images from some recent projects.

Cone of Time

The spring driven ball dropper periodically launches balls onto the slowly rotating helical assembly.  The balls are carried up and eventually “pass away” into the gallery wall.  A meditation on the variability of time perception throughout a normal lifespan.  (Video available on request.)

SOUND OBSERVATIONS

This was a temporary interactive and kinetic sculptural installation produced for the Northern Spark Festival.  When struck tuned Tubular Chimes control the LED lighting above.  The chimes cover a 3 octave range with accidentals and each chime is linked to trigger a specific frequency of light when struck. The installation Included music and performances  by composer Eric Jensen.

CLEPSYDRA

The piece is part of an ongoing series of slow kinetic devices concerned with the the passage of time and how the perception of time changes from moment to moment and throughout a person’s lifetime.  The piece consists of a drum shaped "lifting mechanism" coupled with a text that slowly unwinds as the drum drops.  The mechanism is loosely based on a 18th Century water clock design. The term “Clepsydra” (from the Greek “water-stealer”) commonly refers to any type of device used for the measure of time which relies upon a constant flow of water to regulate its speed.

For this piece I collaborated with Minneapolis poet Michael Bazzett.  The text from the piece can be found in his collection You Must Remember This, published by Milkweed Editions.

BIG RIVER DUMPER

A temporary interactive sculptural piece shown at the Art & Fire Event in Stockholm, WI in 2009.  Water was pumped from the lake to a storage tube that periodically dumps causing the paddlewheel mechanism to ring a suspended gong.  (Video available on request.)

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