Found-Art Sculptor Gives Old Saws New Life

February 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Posted in News, Pop culture, Recycling | 2 Comments

shapeimage_1Check out the robotic, kinetic, found-art sculptures of Nemo Gould! This clever Midwesterner-turned-Californian — whose work has been exhibited at many galleries and the San Jose Museum of Art, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Arizona Museum for Youth — uses salvaged metal, wood and more to make sleek, witty, irresistible pieces that flash, glow and gyrate. Among the elements of his 2008 work “Housecat,” you can spot a saw handle and part of a walking cane. “Octovarius” includes a salvaged violin. “Little Big Man” includes deer antlers and what looks like the casing from a vintage radio. Get a gander of ’em here. Gould himself has this to say:

“What makes a thing fascinating is to not completely know it.  It is this gap in our understanding that the imagination uses as its canvass.  Salvaged material is an ideal medium to make use of this principle.  A “found object” is just a familiar thing seen as though for the first time.  By maintaining this unbiased view of the objects I collect, I am able to create forms and figures that fascinate and surprise.  These sculptures are both familiar and new.  Incorporating consumer detritus with my own symbology, they are the synthesis of our manufactured landscape and our tentative place within it– strong and frail at the same time.”


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  1. brings a new spin to the phrase ‘collective consciousness’

    interesting that the sculptor’s incorporation of found material brings a certain timelessness to his forward-looking vision

    i particularly like the way Gould takes both the mechanical and natural, the metalbound and the more organic elements and melds them together … antlers, a violin, a saw handle … the collection of objects and their intersection in the form of these found kinetic sculptural compositions helps realize a semi-conscious dreamstate, an anthropromorphization through object-oriented prosthesisSystem … parts of us are what we find, i guess … we are the objects we encounter on our journey through life … or do the objects we encounter in life guide us on our path? alter our default internal and cosmic destiny as programmed at birth? did the apple alter our ‘course for adventure’ on this giant love boat of life through the decisions of Adam and Eve? or was it the PC?

  2. […] recently bumped across an article about the sculptor Nemo Gould here on the Scavenging blog … Gould makes kinetic, robot-like sculpture from bits and pieces of objects he finds […]

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