Troy Block

Troy Block

Jim Blashfield

Mechanism

Fixed, sculptural form and high-definition video imagery creates a virtual kinetic sculpture.

Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Blashfield describes Mechanism as a presence—a “familiar figure in the neighborhood.” Local workers and visitors to the area will see something new with each encounter of the piece's 11-channel video, absorbing it over time. Rather than following a linear narrative, past and present merge: the form of the aluminum sculpture echoes industrial equipment found during demolition of the historic Troy Laundry, while the images and sounds trace divergence and continuity from ancient cultures and technologies into current day.
 
 
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo by @wiseknave.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo by @wiseknave.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.