Arnaldo Morales’s studio is a machinist’s dream come true. Points
of pride are a 1977 variable speed Bridgeport milling machine, a
1966 Logan lathe, and not just a Clausing table saw, but also a Delta
Rockwell horizontal band saw. Morales has restored antiques like
a 1914 Reed vise, a 1909 Chas Parker vise, and an Acme anvil circa
1907 to perfect, functional condition. In what could be a personal
museum of vintage tools and machines, he creates industrial-organic
hybrids that he calls “electrobjetos” (electro-objects).
“Alto Riesgo (High Risk),” an early solo exhibition at the University
of Puerto Rico’s Museum of History, Anthropology and Art in
1996, introduced the defining factors of Morales’s work. His materials
consisted mostly of industrial components, including refrigeration
units, heating elements, high voltage lights, electrical transformers,
and liquid mercury flowing through plastic tubing and spouting
into metal basins—all reconfigured into interactive objects.
...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.
Arnaldo Morales, Vainilla Power No. 04, 2004 Industrial materials, 74 x 42 x 125 in.