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Using motion to move us: 'Instrumental' show features kinetic works

By John Carlos Cantu

Ann Arbor News, April 22 , 2007

"Instrumental'' is art for those who like for their creativity on the move.

As the show's gallery statement tells us, "The exhibit focuses on devices that facilitate creativity, work, expression and necessary tasks, as well as interpret the world around us.'' The 37 works of art in this show dance to kinetic rhythms in unique ways.


Among Ann Arbor artists in the Gallery Project display are Joseph Curtin, David Orlin, Frank Pahl, exhibit co-curator Sharon Que, Zach Wallace and Gary Venable. The show also features a number of regional mixed-media talents, as well as Arthur Ganson, artist-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Ganson's steel and wire "The Accumulation of Time'' is easily among the more interesting pieces in the exhibit. His diminutive sculpture (a miniature crane slowly unraveling a spool of red thread) functions, but the rate at which the thread moves is almost indiscernible.


By contrast, Wallace's "Glass Armonica'' - four wooden sawhorses holding 30 glass snifters above a tin trough - creates a musical instrument upon which visitors may perform. "Glass Armonica'' more than fits the show's instrumental theme by allowing both aural and visual participation.


Returning to Gallery Project - and likely serving as a source of inspiration for the display - is Pahl's equally harmonic "Autozither No. 4.'' This spirited assemblage - an aged zither melded to two plastic rotating wings that strum the instrument when electronically activated - adds a distinctive twang to the exhibit.


"Instrumental'' will continue through May 6 at Gallery Project, 215 S. Fourth Ave. Exhibit hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 734-997-7012.