Highly specialized, single purpose objects. They operate on two distinct levels for me. First, they are beautifully designed objets d’art. Second, they remind me of the fleeting quality of time.
Second hand shops and church thrift stores are full of these devices that were once state-of-the-art machines costing hundreds of dollars. They required trained operators for their efficient use. Operators of these machines prided themselves on being effective users. Now the machines and their keepers are fading from the collective conscious. Soon their functions will be incomprehensible to the casual viewer.
I want to memorialize these machines and the time they came from. The era of the movable part is nearly done. The chip has replaced the gear. Our actions are devoid of mechanical interaction.
All Images Copyright 2012, Kay Gregg