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Amodern 5: Harley Parker

TRANSLITERATIONS, SPACE AND FORM

Daniel Borins, Jennifer Marman

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02 jm db 2003 presence meter c

A serial repetition of forms. A minimalist relief sculpture that is interactive.2

 

03 jm db 2003 presence meter c

The needles measure the proximity of the viewer to the surface.3

 

04 jm db 2006 in sit you

A billboard and matching park bench. The viewer completes the piece.4

 

05 jm db 2006 in sit you

High art and popular culture in a continuously rotating cycle.5

 

07 jm db 2009 project for a new american century room 01

An architectural feature presented as a sculpture. Thematically, an image of authority, of watchfulness.6

 

08 jm db 2009 project for a new american century room 02

The previous room informs the second one. The visual impression produces art works.7

 

09 jm db 2012 we built excitement

A series of works presented as if they belong to a locale, a formal movement, a place in time.8

 

10 jm db 2012 we built excitement

A painting contrasted against a composed backdrop. Two forms challenging each other.9

 

11 jm db AGH collaborationists

Sculptures and installations of similar and divergent aesthetics, composed into an exhibition space.10

 

12 jm db 2013 flip out

Colour takes the place of time, composing itself into positions of abstraction.11

 

13 jm db agh Flip Out

To arrive at compositions expressed through technology, computer code, and natural rhythms and sounds.12

 

14 jm db 2013 pavilion of the blind

The exhibition space with built structures referring to architectural space, and also to mechanical paintings.13

 

15 jm db 2013 pavilion of the blind

A rumination on modernity as opaque, translucent, and transparent.14

 

16 jm db Input Output view

To design a machine as sculpture that performs a recognizable but abstract task.15

 

17 jm db 2013 input output

A geometric basket is filled with volumes of empty paper, and then retracted into a black void.16

 

18 jm db 2009 Google

Google the search engine presented as friendly corporate citizen; a service that has changed knowledge.17

 

19 jm db 2009 Google

Google, a form of total information awareness – always watching – following you.18

 

20 jm db agh black boxes reel view

A built environment that influences the works that are installed in it. The art works are suited to the environment.19

21 jm db 2013 Reel to Reel

Contrasted against Google: Listening to erased tape from the Watergate scandal.20

 

22 jm db 2011 black boxes

Contrasted against server farms harvesting and holding all of the data ever produced, and that will ever be produced.21

 

23 jm db 2014 smart cube

Depicting opacity and translucency against an optical background.22

 

24 jm db smart cube SAAG

The transparent void turns opaque when the viewer approaches the cube.23

 

25 jm db smart cube SAAG

And becomes clear when the viewer moves away from it.24


  1. Multimedia Dome, 2000. Astroturf, fibreglass, foam, pleather, plastic, electronics. 11’ diameter x 2’. 

  2. Presence Meter, 2003. Analog meters, aluminum, electronics, glass. 5’ x 8.5’. 

  3. Presence Meter, 2003. Analog meters, aluminum, electronics, glass. 5’ x 8.5’. 

  4. In Sit You, 2006. Trivision billboard, park bench. 10’ x 20’; 8’ x 4’ x 2’ 

  5. In Sit You, 2006. Trivision billboard, park bench. 10’ x 20’; 8’ x 4’ x 2’. 

  6. Project for a New American Century Room 1, 2009. Plywood, cement, glass. 18’ x 24’ x 24’. 

  7. Project for a New American Century Room 2, 2009. Paintings (4): Acrylic on canvas; 66” x 66” (each). Sculptures: Cement, laminate, plywood, hardwood, fluorescent light. 

  8. We Built Excitement, 2012. Various sculptures. 

  9. We Built Excitement, 2012. Defrag. Acrylic on canvas, on vinyl background. Painting: 48” x 60”. 

  10. The Collaborationists (Installation view, room 01), 2013. Various works. 

  11. Flip Out, 2013. Split flap display, silkscreened vinyl, powder coated metal, electronics. 9’ x 5’. 

  12. Flip Out, 2013. Split flap display, silkscreened vinyl, powder coated metal, electronics. 9’ x 5’. 

  13. Pavilion of the Blind, 2013. Blinds, panel glides, powder coated aluminum, motors, micro controller. 10’ x 32’ x 4’. 

  14. Pavilion of the Blind (detail), 2013. Blinds, panel glides, powder coated aluminum, motors, micro controller. 10’ x 32’ x 4’. 

  15. Input Output, 2013. Powder coated metal, plastic paper, machinery, micro controller. 42” x 49” x 57”; Basket: 33” x 26” x 26”. 

  16. Input Output, 2013. Powder coated metal, plastic paper, machinery, micro controller. 42” x 49” x 57”; Basket: 33” x 26” x 26”. 

  17. Google, 2009. Acrylic, powdercoated steel, electronic/ kinetic components, custom software. 27” x 60” x 5-1/2”. 

  18. Google, 2009. Acrylic, powdercoated steel, electronic/ kinetic components, custom software. 27” x 60” x 5-1/2”. 

  19. Reel to Reel (Installation view), 2013. Powder coated metal, polyethelene film, motors, electronics (and Shredded). 

  20. Reel to Reel (Installation view), 2013. Powder coated metal, polyethelene film, motors, electronics. 

  21. Black Boxes, 2011. Powdercoated steel, elecronics, drywall, drop ceiling, lights, glass doors, carpet. 

  22. Smart Cube, 2013. Glass, stainless steel, PDLC film, electronics (plinth). 26” x 26” x 26”. 

  23. Smart Cube, 2013. Glass, stainless steel, PDLC film, electronics (plinth). 26” x 26” x 26”. 

  24. Smart Cube, 2013. Glass, stainless steel, PDLC film, electronics (plinth). 26” x 26” x 26”. 


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Image: Smart Cube by Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. Used with permission.