Since I’ve recently become interested in making mobiles, I thought I would start checking out artists who actually know what they are doing. Marco Mahler obviously does. And with great style and artistry. His beautiful mobiles are more stylish and ‘finished’ than what I’m interested in doing.
And, his are almost exclusively indoor models. I want mine for outdoors where there is wind blowing! So, nothing too delicate for me. But, I love his work (and maybe he will be so thrilled about being Artist of the Day that he will give me a few clues!)
Update: What a great guy! Marco just sent me a link to a post of his that explains everything I wanted to know. http://www.marcomahler.com/how-to-make-mobiles
I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures.
DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
Mobiles can connect with really cool shadow-shapes sometimes, too.
THese are very cool – very Miro-esque.