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geminiwench in photo_scavenger


Arthur Ganson's sculpture, "Thinking Chair" the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Mass taken 2016.

Watch it in action, here.

After years (decades?) of walking around that stone, the chair (which is about an inch tall) has walked itself into a literal rut.
I absolutely love his work, but it's hard to capture in a photograph because his gestural sculptures each perform very small, slow, natural, subtle movements
... and it's the movement itself that is the biggest feature (and beauty) of his art.
However, this worn stage for this bright yellow chair encapsulates years of movement in a single moment.


Watching this piece in action is mesmerizing and I love that it has made its own path.
I had been familiar with Ganson's work, and never considered where it was housed... and so when I went to the MIT museum and they had probably 20 of his machines I was in heaven! I love everything he's made.

Stare at this machine: Brownian Rice

or 27 Scraps of Paper

or My Little Violin

His work is fascinating to watch. He calls his medium "Gestural sculpture".

I'd never heard of the artist but as soon as I watched the link I just kept watching. I love well done kinetic sculpture.

Edited at 2017-11-18 03:06 am (UTC)
I have *loved* everything I have seen of his. A lot of my pictures come from museums. I knew I was a history nut, but I didn't know I was an art-nut until I started visiting really great art museums!

I originally found Ganson's stuff after clicking around curiously after someone linked me to videos of the StrandBeests.

Glad you liked the picture and started watching vids! If you go to Boston, it is TOTALLY worth going to see them! They are loads of fun and many of them you can hand-crank and work yourself.
Very interesting photo.
I appreciate that!
How unusual!
"track" felt like a challenge... I hope I gave a challenge back!
this proves nothing. (some) humans are still superior. )))

Let's hope the machines don't take over.
So the stone has worn down but the legs of the chair have not? I wonder how often he needs to replace the chair? Or was it made with the groove for the chair already in the stone? From the video there is still friction against the surface that would sand away the chair legs over time.

- Erulisse (one L)
I've watched some of the old videos from when it was made, and it looks like there was no initial track... but it has run for several hours a day, for upwards of 15 years. Whether it was intended to wear a path, it's hard to say, but the yellow chair is featured in another work which may be showing his idea may be that The Yellow Chair is indestructible.


Wow! Isn't that amazing - thank you!
What a wonderful machine.
I'd suggest you 'track' down his career and watch ALL of his machines you can find. Or visit them in Boston. WORTH IT. They're fun!