Aaron Taylor Kuffner
The Gamelatron Urban Sanctuary
October 2 - 25, 2015
The Chimney NYC is pleased to present The Gamelatron Urban Sanctuary by Aaron Taylor Kuffner. With his sonic kinetic sculpture Gamelatron Cemerlang (Indonesian: Bright, Slang: Bling), Kuffner turns an Indonesian folk object, the gong, into “bling”, and re-contextualizes the ancient archaic ritual tradition to envelop the audience with his sculptures. The artist uses exhibitions of the Gamelatrons to create sanctuaries both in public and private spaces. He views the body of the work as an offering to the observer.
Gamelatron Cemerlang is made from 27 mirror polished bronze Javanese gongs on five free standing steel towers, Kuffner transforms The Chimney into a beautiful respite for the public. Kuffner's Gamelatron Project exposes us to the rich and profound nature of resonance and its effect on the psyche. It strives to create a harmony in the tension of fusing the East and the West, the Modern and the Ancient. The Gamelatron's contrasting materials and mechanisms tell us a story of globalization and modernization.
The Gamelatron is the world's first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. A gamelatron is a sound producing kinetic sculpture presented as site-specific installations, and stand alone art works. Kuffner's Gamelatrons are made from traditional bronze, brass and iron instruments from Indonesia's gamelan tradition, retrofitted with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounting systems. The pieces are connected to a network that transcribes digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations that results in a ghostly musical automaton.
About the artist:
Aaron Taylor Kuffner has performed or presented work more than 400 times in 19 countries in the last sixteen years. Kuffner exhibits with Sundaram Tagore Galleries in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and International Art Fairs. He is currently showing at the 56th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Grimani Museum in Venice, Italy and has shown at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, The Sackler gallery at the Smithsonian Institute and The Clocktower Gallery with an exhibition at the Drawing Center scheduled in 2016.
Kuffner has notably received grants, in-kind support and awards from: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in association with the Clocktower Gallery, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Experimental Television Center, The New York Council for the Arts, Ableton Gmhb, The CEC Artslink, Scope Arts, Artist Wanted, Techshop, The New Orleans Airlift, The Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Dharmasiswa Scholarship, The Berlin Arts Council, The European Commission, I-D Media Berlin, Schloss Brollin Art Labor, The James F. Robison Foundation, The Soros Foundation, Swiss Air, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and The US Artists International partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.