Clockwork Universe

Here, we don’t know what time it is or how anything works, but it sure is fun to play around.

• Jean Tinguely’s Mes Roues is a construction of wheels, motors, cogs, and other odd bits that operates on the mechanics of chance. Rather than create objects that aim for technical precision, Tinguely welcomed the irregularities of parts working in asynchrony. The sculptures have no purpose other than to invite spontaneity and subvert the certainty of machines. Focusing on chance has its roots in Dada with works like Duchamp’s Three Standard Stoppages, but Tinguely’s is one of the most playful of approaches.

• Guido Mocafico’s Double Split captures the German-made mechanism in all of its tight-knit glory. The controlled chaos of the parts is reminiscent of a celtic knot; you know it has its own logic but you wouldn’t want to untangle it.

• Drury Lane Studios’ Isocoupler Junction Terminal surrounds functional light bulbs with a metal clock face and a variety of mechanisms – meters, switches, a doorknob.

• Artifact Garage’s Desk Fan is attached to a copper dome and round marble based lamp.

• The Steam Smith’s Brooch is a steampunk airship made of thirty-one metal parts, six of which move.

• Ken’s Eagle Warrior is a motorcycle assembled from hardware, computer parts, wires, and other vintage pieces.

• Jill Jones’ Steampunk Necklace is a detailed mechanism of plates, jewelry, keys, and gears from antique pocket watches.

• Ed Kidera’s Red Rocket Pack will take you to the moon and back with red steel, copper, brass, and leather.

• Decimononic’s Pin is part of their steampunk inspired collection of air pirate gear.

• Jules Vine’s Locket frames a crystal lens in sterling silver but keeps your secrets safe.