Please join us for the opening reception of John McKenna's piece -Column II, an outdoor sculpture exhibited on the grounds of the musueum. At 5pm McKenna will be performing a piece of music written specially to accompany this work of sculpture.
The space in and around the sculptures I create is very interesting to me. The sculptures actually contain more space than material. I create specific shapes out of aluminum, acrylic glass, and wood and combine them to create various geometric forms. These forms connect and repeat throughout and the sculpture is complete once I feel the right balance of form, material, shape and size has been reached.
I use clear, acrylic glass as a hub-like connector to the aluminum or wood pieces. For me, it gives a certain lightness and almost floating effect to the sculptures. The way light (natural and LED) interacts with the various materials in the day and night time, adds another dimension to the work.
I have also been writing and performing music based on these sculptures. I discovered that the aluminum shapes I use create interesting sounds and tones when played with a mallet. I have made additional aluminum pieces solely to function as a type of instrument and am using them in the music created around these sculptural works.
-- John Mckenna