Saturday, October 20, 2012

unusual quilt

At the start of October I posted pictures from the ArtPrize event held in Grand Rapids MI. I intentionally left out these pictures below. All the art displayed there was new and unique but I want to highlight my connection to this one. This piece was inside the big Amway Hotel and because of my engineering background I saw more than memory chipsActually memories flashed back in my head.

On the surface the art medium is just mass produced circuit boards mostly from computers. They look like little cities from the side.

Having worked for years in development of telecommunication equipment I’ve experienced the trial, error and time pressure of designing circuit boards. Sometimes a mistake gets the attention of the whole lab as smoke drifts up from a fried board.

High tech cutting edge quickly becomes scrap in which another person finds completely different things. The artist is Eric Celarier.










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15 comments:

jnoragon said...

The little brown things that look like kibble and separate every board. What are they?

Secret Agent Woman said...

I don't think I'd count that as a quilt, but it is really intriguing art. They do indeed look city-like.

lisleman said...

I'm not real sure myself. When I was looking at it, I thought it was a piece of foam material with big stitches around it. The boards are stitched together and maybe the foam allows the piece to be folded up? Check out the artist's site he might take questions.
thanks.

lisleman said...

I certainly would not expect any warmth under that "quilt". From a distance it resembles one more than close up. thanks

Lilly said...

It is really unusual and I see a resemblance to a patchwork quilt. The artist must be fascinated by these boards. Maybe you could do something similar as a testament to your engineering days. I would have loved to have seen that art show.

SSSingle Mom said...

WOW! That's really amazing and I love how it spoke to you. I would have been fascinated by it as well, but in a completely different way!

Kathy said...

My first thought when picture loaded was a city...very interesting use!

Secret Agent Woman said...

From enough of a distance, like from an airplane window, farmland looks like a quilt.

Tami said...

That is very unusual work of art. I can see how your engineering background was attracted to it. That must have taken a lot of time to put that together.

lisleman said...

I have not idea about the time taken to create it. It was quite large (maybe 10 ft long). thanks

lisleman said...

I'm glad you see it too. The various structures look like buildings.
thanks

lisleman said...

Ok what different way? If you check the artist's web site he mentions the potential ramifications of our rapidly evolving technological landscape.
thanks

lisleman said...

I would need to collect many more circuit boards than the handful I have. I do enjoy "recycling" components from old tape players, CD players, toys, radios, etc. I even torn apart an old small copy machine that was headed for the dump once. The springs, sensors, and motors are used in my toy junk projects. Click the "Playing around" tab/page above if you want a few examples. thanks

unknownmami said...

Your photographs of it are pretty cool too.

lisleman said...

thanks - I did use that special miniaturization one for a few of them.

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