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Canada 1964

Using clocks, music boxes, barometers, and weather recording devices, the kinetic sculptures Paul Roorda creates are at once playful and disturbing. Distorting nostalgia by transforming and combining found objects, he creates slow moving sculptures where water drips or mechanical devices gradually unwind to create a sense of anticipation and apprehension. By adding the element of time to his art, he explores a sense of urgency about climate change. At the same time it examines a complacency about a global disaster that is experienced so gradually it is difficult to perceive. While some of his art satisfies a short attention span by offering immediate kinetic response, other works test the viewer’s patience with events that take days or weeks to occur, if anything happens at all.

Paul Roorda at
OPEN STUDIOS November 2012

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