Magnetic Art Installation Records Gravity’s Invisible Pull [Video]
Artist manipulates ink and uses the earth essential force to create intricate drawings.
- 19 september 2013
Everything around us can be an artistic inspiration; gravity is no exception. Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto‘s latest art creation incorporates three distinctive techniques – hanging, dangling, and dripping. His “Magnetic Field Record” is a large-scale mobile that paints with hanging magnets and dripping Chinese ink.
A dropper containing black ink is attached to one end of the mobile, while a magnet is attached to the opposite end, serving as a counterbalance. Due to the gravitational pull on the magnet, the entire structure sets into a gentle spin, dripping ink onto a sheet of white paper below. As the bottle empties, the magnet dips further towards the ground and pulls the stalk more vertically, resulting in smaller circles on paper.
Okamoto likes to experiment with intangible variables, such as gravity and magnetic forces.
I like things which cannot be predicted. I wanted to record the chance of an unviewable thing.
It just goes to show that artistic expression is boundless; nothing is ever impossible. Okamoto demonstrated that visual representation is only limited by the boundaries of our minds.
Watch how the “Magnetic Field Record” took form: