Overall: 21 ft. (640.08 cm)
Painted sheet aluminum and wire
Overall: 18 x 36 in. (45.72 x 91.44 cm)
While one operates with literal movement and the other with implied movement, both of these objects have a dynamic, performative quality in their lifelike action that animates the space around them. Each is full of life, activated in every individual element and through their connections to form a whole.
Just as the shapes of Calder’s Mobile rotate and twirl around each other, the rectilinear blocks of Shapiro’s untitled anthropomorphic form shift as they connect in offset angles, giving it the same sense of energetic twisting as the physical motion of the Calder. In both, those active relationships between distinct, related pieces coalesce in a unified form embodying natural motion through space.
Shapiro’s work captures the sensation of losing one’s balance and the action of falling presented as an abstract gesture, and Calder’s Mobile materializes the responsive interaction and the performance of an organic dance. It is that familiar movement, whether actual or contained in potential energy, which animates these abstract compositions of simple shapes and industrial materials, and gives them such a powerful life in our reality.