Cloud Canyons, Installation view
Opening in Berlin at another vacant space, October 20th, 2011 is David Medalla: Cloud Canyons, kinetic works & cosmic propulsions. The series of Cosmic Propulsion sculptures has been ongoing since 1963. This past spring one of the early Cloud Canyons was on view at the New Museum, an individual occurrence that coincided with the exhibition of Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs. In 2012, Cloud Canyons will be on view along with other works from the permanent collection of the TATE Britain in an upcoming exhibition titled Migrations.
Cloud Canyons, Installation view, New Museum, May 2011
Cloud Canyons is a biomorphic living sculpture of sorts. It exhales bubbles and suds and in part occupies the space where it happens to be installed. David Medalla utilizes crafted sculpture in a performative way whereas the unpredictability of movement is choreographed by natural, however kinetic, expulsion. The first kinetic sculpture is believed to have been Bicycle Wheel by Marcel Duchamp, 1913. David has continued to not only pioneer the Kinetic/Land Art movement but also unify his own personal bittersweet memories as a child growing up in the Philippines along with visual theoretical exploration into what we, the viewer experience as Cloud Canyons.
A lecture will be held at another vacant space on the occasion of David Medalla: Cloud Canyons, kinetic works & cosmic propulsions and the artist will be present to speak on his admiration for the German intellectual and theorist Walter Benjamin. Special thanks to Museum Man, Adam Nankervis for advance information regarding this exhibition.
another vacant space.
Top photo courtesy of David Medalla and another vacant space.