Thursday, November 11, 2010

Survey Says

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

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You may have already heard, but Artspace Memphis, in partnership with Mayor Wharton, is conducting a survey to assess the needs of artists in our fair river city. Please take the time to fill it out here. And read more about the goal of the survey on Intermission Impossible. What changes would you like to see in the Memphis art community?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Man and Machine

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Interesting that Jonathan Auger shares his last name with a common machine, since his art is based almost entirely on machines. Auger creates mechanical sculptures, which in turn, create their own art.

Jonathan Auger
  • Jonathan Auger

"They are more or less like Spirographs," says Auger. "When you were a kid, you'd put a pencil in and start cranking on a gear and it twirls the pencil around. That's kind of the easiest way to describe these pieces."

Unlike the plastic gadget we all had as kids, however, Auger's pieces stand alone as unique and visually interesting mechanical objects.

Jonathan Auger
  • Jonathan Auger

"When I was in graduate school I made some kinetic pieces that revolved around the human figure, reinterpreting the classical figure in a more mechanical way. But one thing led to another, and I put that on the back burner."

Now he's revisiting what he calls, "the collaboration between artist and machine."

"It's funny because I'm kind of a control freak. I need to have my hands in every bit of everything I do. So it's interesting for somebody of my demeanor to almost allow a collaboration, but because I construct the machines it's like I'm always in control," Augur says.

Jonathan Auger
  • Jonathan Auger

"I create the machine, the machine creates the drawing, and both the drawing and the machine will be on display. And the machine will be producing drawings in the gallery," says Augur. "It kind of questions, what is the art? Is it what I made, the sculpture? What the sculpture is creating, is that also a piece of art? It blurs the line of whether a machine could create a piece of art."

Augur's exhibit, Feathered Edge, will be on display at Material until the last Saturday of November. The opening is tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

Material Art Space, 2553 Broad Avenue

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