BALLS / Making It / Mike Smith / Milwaukee, WI

The idea behind this lamp is quite simple, really. If you are getting ‘ideas’ and want to communicate this with your partner non-verbally, you can simply switch this lamp on. If your partner leaves the lamp on, it may be a GO. If the lamp is turned off, maybe a neck rub will suffice. The base is a beautiful piece of purpleheart hardwood.  The top socket I’ve added has a dimmer switch.  I also just thought it looked more cool!  These are NOT brass balls!  I’m not sure what the metal is.

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About destructivetesting

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...
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3 Responses to BALLS / Making It / Mike Smith / Milwaukee, WI

  1. mobius faith says:

    Hehehehehe. Too funny. Fun creation. Happy New Year.

  2. clinock says:

    Brilliant Freudian fusion for a light turn-on…

  3. barbaraelka says:

    LOL…should have been on Freud’s desk

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