Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Tendrescopic Endeavors and other Dynamics is an attempt to coalesce the ideas and skills that have been flying around my studio over the course of the last year into a single project. A trip to Storm King Art Center and ideas of modular making began a cycle of exploration into the way custom fittings could create light-weight and transportable sculptures. Developing a greater ability to digital model and create my own unique parts has been the charge that I have built this work upon. Science and the devices that facilitate scientific discovery act as the embodiment of the desire to know more about our surroundings. Specifically, at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia, a unique scenario of isolation enables sensitive instruments in a telescope from being interfered with. Using the form of the telescope and its contrast from its wooded surroundings as aesthetic inspirations, this isolation serves as an analogy to the mental clarity needed for me to be productive. Acknowledging the utopian past of geodesics and the ideals that spurred the utopian movements, this project aims to demonstrate how our current time, technology, and social consciousness can re-imagine utopia. Carefully fitting each of the parts together to make a greater whole, the Tendrescope aims to stretch and extend my making and being.
Akerstrom, Jared, "Tendrescopic endeavors and other dynamics" (2017). Masters Theses. 148.
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