David Bowen responds to a question from fellow gallery artist James Woodfill about the role of narrative in his kinetic work.
David Bowen "water surface", LED matrix, motors, computer, software, 2016 (still)
David Bowen "waveline", video mapped to LED screens, 2018
(view at Minnesota Museum of American Art, still)
David Bowen "46°41'58.365" lat. -91°59'49.0128" long. @ 30m", acrylic, 6" x 6" x 6", 2015
(a series, each unique)
David Bowen "the journey", acrylic, LED, computer, software, 2020
(test mockup, still)
For all four moving or video pieces depicted here, the artist has used available water data to drive his scuptures. In some form that was a bit different than shown here, and to fit the space, each were part of the fall 2020 exhibition at JNG. In February 2021, on water will be essentially reprised at the Rochester Art Center here.
David Bowen is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
His artist website here: dwbowen.com is a great resource for learning more about his artwork and includes videos of some of these same pieces and others, plus a detailed resume.
recent artist statement:
Using intersections between natural and mechanical systems, David Bowen produces unique relationships within his sculpture and installation. With robotics, custom software, sensors, tele-presence and data, he constructs devices and situations that are set in motion to interface with the physical and virtual world. The devices he constructs often play both the roles of observer and creator, providing limited and mechanical perspectives of dynamic situations and living systems. These devices and situations create a dissonance that leads to an incalculable changeable situation resulting in unpredictable outcomes. The phenomenological outputs are collaborations between the natural form or function, the mechanism and the artist.