Gallery at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

ARTICULATED MOVEMENT

Sculptures by Richard Hollander

http://arts.columbia.edu/

LeRoy Neiman Gallery

310 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway,Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

April 27, 2009

Notes:

The LeRoy Neiman gallery is pleased to present “Articulated Movement,” the first solo exhibition of Richard Hollander’s sculptures. Richard Hollander was born in Los Angeles, California and received a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. For the last thirty-four years Richard Hollander has been doing visual effects and computer graphics for the motion picture industry while simultaneously constructing mechanical sculptures.

Hollander’s sculptures are directly inspired by his fascination with how things move. His process is an exploration of how to make things move in different ways using various materials and sources of power such as motors, solenoids, and air pressure. Each sculpture, composed of mechanical parts, imbedded microprocessors, and surplus materials, performs a sequence of unique movements, sounds, and rhythms that are inextricably bound to, and determined by, its kinetic form and design. “The sculptures can be viewed as musical instruments,” says Hollander, “the music is absolutely coupled visually to the mechanical form. It is my intention to expose the vibrating movements and patterns of the strings, not the instrument as a whole.” All of the pieces shown in “Articulated Movement” have been in production for many years, some dating back to 1986. Hollander continues to tune and compose for them.

Beyond being an exhibition of Richard Hollander’s artwork, “Articulated Movement,” is also an acoustic and compositional experiment. Not only is this the first time that all of the pieces have been placed within the confines of the same room, this event marks the first time that the pieces will be played simultaneously. In this way, the show, “Articulated Movement,” becomes a performance; the gallery space serves as the concert hall while the sculptures compose the orchestra.