Installed at the Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL, 2013

UNKNOWN TECHNOLOGY

CAST IRON, STEEL, BRASS, MDF, PLYWOOD, CAST PLASTIC, ACRYLIC PAINT

 

69” x 24” x 23”

2013

 

ABOUT THIS PIECE:

Unlike most of the sculptures I make, this piece turned out totally different from how I originally intended (See the original drawing on the “Drawings, Plans, & In-Progress Shots” page for this piece). As it happened, my original “plan” was a bit out of my reach at the time (and now, it would’ve required thousands of dollars of bronze), and was prohibited by timing as well. So, deadline looming, I ended up putting this together on-the-fly and I am happy with the result.

 

One slight misgiving I have about this piece is the title. The phrase “unknown technology” came from a video game I was playing around the time I made this work (one of the Metriod Prime games; you clicked a glowing orb, and where you would normally be given information about the object you clicked on, it said “Unknown Technology” instead. I found this incredibly intriguing, and thought to myself: “I wonder if I will ever make a sculpture awesome enough the deserve that title?”. When I made the drawing for this piece, I though that perhaps that piece would warrant the title. Maybe it would’ve, but I didn’t make that piece in the end and I’m not at all convinced that the actual piece does. I kept the title though, b/c it already felt “attached”. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I guess sometimes things just happen. It’s also the case that I don’t know what this machine “did” in GeoDin, so in that way at least the title makes some sense.