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Imperfect Machines and Atmospheres:
A Conversation with Andrew Drummond

by John Finlay

Since the early 1970s, Andrew Drummond has created individual performance pieces, sculptures, and installations of consistent power, elegance, and invention. His work engages a dynamic multiplicity of visual sensations that transfigure and challenge the viewer emotionally and mentally, almost to the point of lassitude. Inspired by a vision of the world both ageless and futuristic in its language and outlook, his sculpture juxtaposes movement and material. Initially Drummond used his own body as an agent provocateur, intermediary, or magician. Such transformative themes later evolved into spinning kinetic structures, moving balls of light, and computer-controlled installations recalling machines of alien origin or objects producing ancient chemical compositions.

Counter-Rotating Device, Hanging, 2005-06.
Computer model.


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