In my kinetic sculptures, ordinary and commonplace materials and objects are made strange, sometimes by a small alteration to them, sometimes by elaborate mechanical devices that I construct specifically for this purpose. I often invent technical and spatial problems in order to solve them. In turn, the improvisational activities of tinkering and jerry rigging generate new problems and solutions, as well as an aesthetic of trial and error in which the material history of the machine’s production is always evident.
There is never any secret about how my machines function; their mechanical apparatus is usually reduced to some bare, visible minimum. Many of the mechanisms that I develop struggle against their own inadequacy, just barely accomplishing tasks in spite of the ever-present threat of malfunction. The ability of a machine to perform its task reliably is its normalcy. My work subverts the expectations attached to machines; the promise of productivity is replaced by redundancy and interruption.