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Human Machines at Mansfield Museum

Posted onPosted on 9th Dec

A touring exhibition called Human Machines is at Mansfield Museum from now until Saturday, 22nd February. It is a display of kinetic sculptures by Johnny White and Amanda Wray.

Following an initial collaboration in 1995, the artists have worked together on many projects.

They have followed their own practice for over 25 years and have shown their artworks widely across Europe.

The work in this exhibition is inspired by common experiences and feelings, as well as pivotal moments in life, which affect us all as humans. It aims to show that, underneath it all we have more in common with each other than we think.

Johnny and Amanda use recycled materials and found objects salvaged from tips or sourced from junk shops, Freecycle and eBay to create their work.

Employing traditional sculpture techniques such as casting and craving, Amanda uses materials such as polymer-modified plaster, silicone rubber and resin to create detailed forms in a variety of scales, such as the two giant heads for The Gaze and the smaller head In Two Minds. This is combined with Johnny’s engineering, metalworking and electromechanical expertise to make their humorous and thought provoking sculptures, which we hope you will enjoy.

Johnny White and Amanda Wray will be running a free drop-in automata workshop on Friday, 17th February, from 10am to 1pm at the museum.

This project has been funded through a project grant from Arts Council England, as well as financial support from The Facey Family Foundation and the Deershed Festival. Technical support has been provided by the team at Gripple Automation, and Thorite has provided training and support in-kind.

Human Machines is a 20-21 Visual Arts Centre Touring Exhibition.