Desiring-Machines by Server Demirtaş

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Desiring-Machines by Server Demirtaş
M.A.D. Gallery, Geneva
From 18 May to 29 July 2017

 

The M.A.D.Gallery Geneva is thrilled to present Desiring-Machines, an exclusive and unique collection of five mechanical sculptures set in motion by Server Demirtaş. A master of creativity and construction, Turkish artist Server Demirtaş brings life to his artistic machines with intricate engineering. Desiring Machines intrigue with smooth, humanlike movements that maintain stark contrast to the robotic appearance of each creation. Desiring-Machines offers a refreshing perspective on kinetic sculpture with a visual experience blending art and engineering. Each Machine performs a unique and choreographed series of movements and gestures mimicking life and exploring the human condition. Over approximately 80 seconds, the animated visual spectacle captivates audiences and imparts a unique meaning for each observer.

 

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A closer look at the artworks reveals the artistic contrast of the anthropomorphic structures, which are woven with wires and cables connecting the precision mechanics powering the kinetic sculptures. Combining his engineering skills with his imagination, Demirtaş‘s talent lies in conceiving, designing and handcrafting the components and mechanisms that power and animate his mechanical sculptures. Although the works have a robotic appearance, Demirtaş‘s mechanical sculptures are not machines intended to carry out a given task, but to incite consciousness and contemplation of the human condition.

 

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Each kinetic sculpture is crafted entirely by hand from start to finish. The process begins with drawings and plans for the mechanical solutions that power the innovative mechanical art pieces. Demirtaş does not use the assistance of an engineer or software developer. “The most difficult part of the process is to design and produce the structure and mechanism to render the movements as I dream them,” Demirtaş points out.

 

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At the heart of each mechanical sculpture is a set of Plexiglas wheels or cogs connected via cables and wires to execute the synchronized movements. The Plexiglas wheels are individually shaped to generate the specific movements of the different body parts creating the kinetic fluidity of the sculpture. Each sculpture is unique, requiring two to six months to design and construct the mechanics that create the mesmerising characteristics of the compilations. While movement and mechanics play an essential role in Demirtaş’s art, his sculptures are not about mechanics or intricacies of production; they are about the relationship between man and machines, exploring concepts of motion, perpetuity and inertia.

 

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