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Gerhard Trimpin: Mad Scientist of Sound

Gerhard Trimpin, commonly known simply as Trimpin, is a Seattle-based kinetic sculptor and sound artist. Born and raised in Istein, Germany, he learned most of his trade from his father. A player of both wood and brass instruments, Trimpin took up the latter at a young age and soon developed an allergy to some of the metals used in the instruments, forcing him to quit playing. He then turned his attention to natural sounds and the relativity of sound in space. His father would take him into the woods and play him songs so he could walk around the surrounding forest, noting the subtle changes in his father’s playing.

After studying at the University of Berlin, Trimpin moved to Seattle in search of outdated technological components, which were more difficult to obtain in his home country. Throughout the early 1980s, he spent his winters fishing in Alaska to fund the coming year’s work. Before there was MIDI, Trimpin invented his own custom protocol, eventually transferring his works over when MIDI finally arrived. Preferring to use computer-driven components to the instruments themselves, he believes that loudspeaker design, which has remained the same for nearly 100 years, is unable to produce a high enough quality and range of tone to accurately re-create anything played in the traditional sense. However, he has broken his rule once. When he was commissioned by the Seattle Experience Music Project, he installed Roots and Branches: dozens of electric guitars wired in sequence to play only one note each, coming together to create a rich series of tunes. The sound is produced via loudspeaker and headphone modules located at the bottom of the contraption. Continue reading

Taxidermy: Art, or Creepy Desk Lamp?

Today I was introduced to some works by Polly Morgan. A Brit born and raised, now based out of London. Still new to the European art scene, she has been steadily progressing in her chosen medium since 2005. Taught by Scottish taxidermist George C. Jamieson, Morgan has taken the dust and old people smell out of the taxidermy world and introduced the scent of rotting flesh to the rest of us. She tends to use smaller animals, i.e. rabbits or birds, and places them ever so elegantly in unlikely situations. This causes the viewer to think of both the animal and the scene in which it’s depicted in an entirely new fashion.

Polly Morgan’s work has been featured in galleries and publications all over the world, including Juxtapoz, TIME, and Harper’s Bazaar.  You can new tab over to her website, being ever mindful to not close the Crossing tab, to check out all of her works as well as regularly updated showing schedules. In case you don’t care enough or don’t know the keyboard shortcut for new tab for some reason, you’ll find a few of my favorites below. Continue reading

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