Sometimes First Friday’s are weaker than others but last week there was an avalanche of excellent work. One of the highlights of the night was Lump’s showing of a Dana Raymond installation. The Mechatronic Symphony is a gorgeously crafted Lump-length computerized kinetic sculpture. A performance piece, at one end Dana squats to what looks like some computer boards, activating a few switches and the many panels that line the sculpture begin turning in a asynchronous dance. Dana was appropriately adorned with a large peace symbol shaved in the back of his head (see video) and willing to talk to anyone in the attentive crowd gathered around his piece. Enough of my description, please check out the video I made in a feeble attempt to capture the essence of the sculpture.
In 2004 and 2005 I had the pleasure of working on a piece with Dana that was featured at NCMA and the Mint Museum of Craft and design. His attention to detail and perspective on art and life is reflected by these kinetic installations. Mechatronic Symphony has a long heritage that it flows from and that can be seen in polish and element of fantasy reflected in this installation. Dana will be on site to run the exhibit Saturdays through this month from 12 - 5pm and by appointment. Do yourself a cultural favor and go check it out.