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Reliquaries For The Machine Age

  • Bill Lowe Gallery 764 Miami Circle, Suite 210 Atlanta, GA 30324 (map)

Romanian-American artist Daniel Motz presents Reliquaries for the Machine Age, a re-envisioning of discarded mechanical components into intricate assemblages that serve as an archaeological record of where we’ve been, and who we were. These objects became the detritus of the Machine Age - building blocks in the bridge to new technologies and the digital revolution. Motz’s broad background in film-making informs his unique visual poetry, which takes form as tableaux of time - built of components that were designed and mass-manufactured to produce minute bits of work for very specific functions. His works become shrines to a by-gone era of machines and industry; they allow cogs, springs, wires, metallic and plastic minutia to transcend their former intended lives, while creating a platform in which they flourish as elements of art. Each piece makes a mark and creates a moment – in a way it could never communicate in its former use. 

Motz’s magisterial constructs are quiet, powerful and masculine; they possess a solid, ordered presence. But their anthropological quality broadens their appeal to all seeking discovery of past identity. The viewer gets a sense that the objects, which are sourced from typewriters, movie projectors, film cameras, reel-to-reel tape decks, bicycles, vacuum cleaners, household appliances, photo enlargers, printers, etc. have somehow been rescued from the graveyard of the landfill. At the same time, his reconstruction of disparate elements is done in a manner that evokes a sense of futuristic cities that might exist in post-historical civilization. Many are even finished in a matte black spray paint that unifies the culturally diverse and obsolete fossils into a singular piece designed to hold the ruin of our mechanical past in a beautiful reliquary. 

Earlier Event: April 17
Impulse, Desire & Decorum
Later Event: May 29
Prisoners of Matter