20:21 Gallery, Scunthorpe
Sat 13 October 2018 – Sat 2 February 2019
Kinetic artist Martin Smith’s ‘Machines in the Trees’ is on display at 20:21 Gallery Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe from Saturday 13 October. The work comprises of three metal mechanical trees which move in a gentle, rhythmical way, creating a portrayal of real trees and their movements in nature. Each tree has its own narrative with the artist taking inspiration from myths connected to trees and nature.
The work was commissioned by artsNK in 2013 for the Zygote festival, which was held to celebrate the Lincolnshire town of Sleaford and its historic connection to the seed industry. The trees respond to the theme of fertilisation; one tree has spring leaves moving to a gentle sound, one blossoms brightly and the third represents the means of pollination with wind and birds spreading the seeds.
Martin Smith’s work explores how people move around and perceive a space, whether that’s inside or outside. He undertakes small and large commissions designed to interact with both the viewer and the architecture of the space, through mechanical movement. Alongside this, he also creates beautifully crafted kinetic objects that investigate themes of repetition, precision and rules.