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