The MechaniKoo series features a broad spectrum of transmission gear compositions that set in motion the tension between technology and engineering on the one hand, and art and design, on the other hand. The design and artistic perception at the core of this series, allow for viewers participation in the final stages of the process, which encourages viewers’ deliberate or coincidental interaction with the work. Interaction and engagement are complementary and valuable elements in the final work. Another major principle in this approach is the creation of given formal elements that serve as building blocks from which a unique visual language is formed, that can be used as a means of expressing ideas. The language, developed during the process of creating the MechaniKoo series, draws from the fields of mathematics and engineering and is inspired by our precise, industrialized, urban, and hectically active world.
These twenty-two building blocks that constitute the MechaniKoo vocabulary are unique patterns, feasible and impossible, produced in a variety of sizes and colors. The fact that their inspirational source is rooted in the world of industrial manufacturing is manifested through their shapes and materials: The cogwheels are made from industrial materials such as iron, molding acrylic, stone, and precious metals. These wheels are the fundamental elements in the final composition, and one can choose between different materials, sizes, and colors. In addition, the cogwheels can be assembled on a manual or electric mechanism that would enable the final piece to be set in motion.
The series was born through much thought and contemplation, over a long period, about the delicate balance between order and disorder, aesthetical harmony and the liberating disruption. Covering the imagery of the sharp and the rigid with a soft, delicate and colorful layer facilitates the connection of engineering with art. On first sight, the compositions seem prearranged, regulated, and formally balanced; their vivid, daring colors leave a bold and surprising impression. A deeper look at the cogwheel building blocks reveals elements that are troubling or that undermine the harmonious sense, such as: scratched or deformed wheels, distorted patterns, or razor blades and cobweb shapes.
Motion has a primary significance in these works. Movement is the expression of an ever-changing potential capacity in the work, and it retains the inherent tension within it: When the composition is static, when we observe cogwheels and consequently expect motion, and even when the wheels are spinning, either consistently or out of sync. The same internal contrast between movement and immobility is maintained, resonating thoughts about time, continuity, similarity, and divergence.
MechaniKoo is not necessarily a complete and final work because its creation is essentially a process of participatory cooperation. Thus, the work is capable of change and embodies dimensions of freedom and liberation. The space between predetermined options and personal expression makes us notice the conflict between order and logic pertaining to technical aspects on the one hand, and on the other hand, the coincidental, the dynamic, the unpredictable and often the disharmonious as well. MechaniKoo establishes through its assembly process, a new and challenging relationship. The responsibility for the final outcome is shared and does not exclusively depend on me. MechaniKoo enables anyone who presents it, to tell their own story.
260/190 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
310/230 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
200/270 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
190/290 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
160/230 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
190/210 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
300/160 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
440/130 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
240/280 (w/h) cm* Can be customized
The following industrial materials are used in the creation of the sculpture:
Tin - hammered steel sheets, a material commonly used in industrial automation, manufacturing tools, construction and infrastructure. The Mechanikoo is cut steel with a thickness of 2 and 3 mm. It is heavy and has magnetic properties.
Acrylic glass - flat acrylic material produced using casting (CAST) or extruded (XT). The acrylic board is transparent for optimal light transmission and has a natural resistance to ultra violet light (UV).
Stainless steel - stainless steel with high chromium content provides high corrosion resistance and it's hard surface is abrasion resistant. The gears are cut and processed in a manner that maintains the appearance of the original material.