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Passing the Time

$15,000



Moon Dancer
Metal parts mounted on glass or acrylic
46"h x 13"w

$1,200-$1,600



Artist's Profile

Artist Statement:

From the time I was about eight years old I knew that when I grew up I wanted to be either a scientist or an artist. I became an engineer. I have since realized that I havenít strayed far from my original career choices as engineering combines art and science on a very practical level. Good engineering design often requires both the creativity of an artist and a scientistís knowledge of materials and physics. Two well-known artists, Whistler and Leonardo da Vinci, were engineers. Another benefit of choosing engineering as a career is that it paid the bills. I have a great respect for anyone who can survive as an artist without a ďday job.Ē

During my career as an engineer I played with art as a hobby while appreciating and sometimes buying other peopleís art. As the years went by and the responsibilities of raising a family came to an end, I found myself wanting to escape the corporate life and become a full-time artist. I quit my job in June of 2007 and put all of my creative energy into art. Iím having a great time. I love the freedom I have to experiment with new materials and techniques and in the process, produce art that I and others enjoy.

Passing The Time

As an engineer, both in training and experience, I became fascinated with the nature of motion. As a sculptor, I can now express my love of motion by creating kinetic sculptures that sometimes appear to defy the laws of physics. By the careful machining of each part, proper placement of shafts and counterbalances, and using highly efficient bearings, I am able to make elements of my sculptures appear as if they are weightless. My art is intended to move the viewer beyond the appearance of the sculpture to the essence of the motion it is describing. Some motions relax and mesmerize as different parts of the piece go in and out of synchronization; some motions are unpredictable but still smooth and flowing and always at a natural frequency, never forced.

I see these flowing motions of my sculptures in my mind long before they become a reality. The joy of creating kinetic sculpture is the process of having the vision, and then designing the methods to move the vision from the virtual reality of my mind to the world of substance where it can be shared with others. This process is always challenging, but the rewards are great. Showing my work is often like directing a performance, it is always a pleasure to watch the audience interact with the sculpture.

Moon Dancer

Although I love working with motion, I also enjoy creating static sculpture such as my recent piece "Don Quixote and Sancho". I have always enjoyed art that first catches your eye and appreciation, and then surprises you when you discover that itís really the seamless integration of many random or unrelated elements. That was my underlying vision as I designed and constructed Moon Dancer, which I created using bits and pieces of scrap metal left over from other projects.

My work has been displayed at Art in the Pearl, Portland City Hall, East Side Art Walk, The Poster Garden, Metalurges Gallery, Guardino Gallery, the Coos Bay Art Museum, The Celebration of Creativity and the Creative Metal Arts Guild show at the Convention Center in Portland Oregon. You can see my artwork in motion on my website, www.KenKinetic.com



501 16th Street

Sun Catcher
$9,800


Sun Catcher is a 17 foot tall wind driven kinetic sculpture. As the arms move the polished aluminum surfaces reflect the suns rays onto surrounding objects. It is shown here in Portland Oregon at Art in the Pearl. This piece was designed to emulate the motions of Thor's Hammers but on a larger wind driven scale. The three interior arms rotate independently of each other forming an infinite variety of patterns. The three large outer disks rotate in the opposite direction. The sculpture turns to face into the wind and requires only a light breeze to operate. It can handle high winds due the nature of the support structure. Note that the wind piece hangs on a hook. This allows it to lean over when hit by high winds. The base experiences a minimum overturning moment. The counter balance is a gong




"Beethoven", was a challenge to put life and feeling into a portrait with a very limited pallet, steel, brass and negative space. The portrait was cut by hand with a plasma cutter. The frame is assembled primarily from small pieces of scrap steel. The metal parts are mounted on a dark acrylic to enhance the negative space. "Beethoven" is part of a series. They are made by hand from random parts, they are all different. The one you see in a gallery or museum may look slightly different than the ones shown on this page.

Beethoven

Large: $1,200
Small: $640
(Large 23" tall x 27" wide)
(Small 15" tall x 17" wide)


At the Top

$450
28" h







He has reached the top. Is he grateful, is he asking for more, is he searching, is he at the top of the wrong ladder? You decide.

He and the ladder are made of heat colored steel.




He has reached the top. Maybe it wasn't what he was expecting?

He and the ladder are made of heat colored steel.

Lonely at the Top

$450
20" h


Thor's Hammers

$880


Thor's Hammers transforms a few standard home and garden tools into a piece of kinetic sculpture. This is a hand powered piece; a gentle push puts the system in motion for five to ten minutes. The smooth flowing motion is obtained by the careful placement of the axles. Each hammer rotates independently on its own axle but its location in space is determined by the hammer it is connected to. This is a great piece to watch after a hard day at work. The freedom of motion is hypnotic and the gradual slowing of the system over time can melt away the tensions of the day. By the time it has come to a stop your mind may also be at rest.

Thor's hammer was more than a symbol to the Norse. It carried the power of Thor. It represented the focus of Thor's power, the thunderbolt before which nothing could stand. It offered Thor's power for protection; hallowing births, marriages, and deaths; binding oaths, and consecrating land. As a weapon, it defended the world of men from the forces of darkness and chaos. As a tool, the hammer gave Thor's power to tame the elements.




After learning to grind and color copper, I introduced it into my art with this piece. The colorful background is created by heating the copper with a torch at varying temperatures to get different colors. The steel guitar and the frame are heat colored steel.

Steel Guitar

$450
9"w x 15"h


Watching & Playing

$2,500







This Piece is called "Watching & Playing" (Three forms watching and Three forms playing). This piece was designed to emulate the motions of Thor's Hammers but on a smaller scale. Give the three pivoting figures a light push and they will spin and rock for several minutes. Spinning in different directions gives different effects. It is hand powered so there will be times that it is not moving. My intent in designing this piece was to make it interesting and pleasing to look at even when not in motion.






Don Quixote is made primarily of steel. He is lined with heat colored copper. His hat comes off and under it is a container to put your impossible dreams that may someday come true.

Don Quixote' Impossible Dream

$2,400
15" h


Don Quixote'

$550 (Sold)
11"w x 15"h







Don Quixote is a my metal interpretation of Picaso's famous sketch. The colorful background is created by heating the copper with a torch at varying temperatures to get different colors. Don Quixote and the frame are heat colored steel.






Don Quixote is a my metal interpretation of Picaso's famous sketch. The colorful background is created by heating the copper with a torch at varying temperatures to get different colors. Don Quixote and the frame are heat colored steel.

Don Quixote' & Sancho

$1,100
14"w x 16" h


Never Late

$3,500


This Piece is called "Never Late". Development began just a few months before its completion and everything came together as I had imagined it on the first try. The the system is driven by a two RPM gear motor that is indirectly connected to the main shaft. This allows total freedom of motion to the system. The piece has a three segment arm and each segment of the arm rotates independently of the others. The freedom of motion is fascinating to watch. This piece is playful and fun. All motions are unpredictable yet smooth flowing.


This Piece is called "Never Late" (Variation #2). This piece was designed to emulate the motions of the original "Never Late" but in a smaller format. It also includes a functioning pendulum. (Which was surprisingly hard to incorporate into the design.) The freedom of motion is fascinating to watch. Due to minor design changes, the dynamics of this piece are more meditative than the original "Never Late". All motions are unpredictable yet smooth flowing.

The the system is driven by a 2.5 RPM gear motor that is indirectly connected to the main shaft. This allows total freedom of motion to the system. The piece has a three segment arm and each segment of the arm rotates independently of the others.

Never Late variation #2

$3,180


Vitruvian Man

$1,200






"Vitruvian Man" is my interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's famous sketch based on Vitruvian's proportional man. The figure is made from individual pieces of scrap steel that have been welded together and polished. The frame is heat colored steel and the background is ground heat colored copper.





Is this person upset about breaking the bed or are there other things going on to make him so pensive?

He and the bed frame are made of heat colored steel. The bed is made of heat colored copper.

No More Jumping

$550
6" X 8" X 12"


Walking Hammer

$880







Walking Hammer is an artistic study of the conversion of energy from kinetic to potential and back again. The double ended spinning hammer and the large sledge hammer share the same little packet of energy passing it back and forth to each other. This is a hand powered piece; a gentle push puts the system in motion for five to ten minutes.

Booth at the Creative Metal Arts Guild Show - Portland Oregon


Pacific Northwest Sculptors  4110 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. #302,  Portland, Or.  97214