"Even as a child I clumsily tried to build little working models and devices to mimic almost any situation I came across. Of course I didn't realise that this could be a kind of art, it was just something I did." Tim Lewis
One of the most popular exhibits in A Curious Turn, the recent automata show at Heath Robinson Museum, was Mule Make Mule by Tim Lewis. This new exhibition will feature a number of Tim’s larger automata and kinetic sculptures selected by the artist and displayed in settings designed by him.
Lewis's sculptures include a variety of machines that react to the people and environment around them. Large scale 'stroboscopic' artworks spin and explode with movement and colour. Familiar items such as chairs walk with crutches, and mechanical rabbits, once cuddly, take on a more sinister quality. These works defy easy categorization but are inspired by the traditions of kinetic art, the development of photography and genetics. The artist's preliminary drawings and maquettes will also be on display, to provide an insight into Lewis's distinctive creative process.
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