Nathaniel Rackowe

September 11, 2006

Using light, kinetic elements, and common industrial materials, Nathaniel Rackowe makes large-scale works that animate architectural spaces and transform viewers into active participants.  Often built on-site, his pieces explore the boundaries of physical spaces, moving through them or casting light about their perimeters like search beacons.  Building upon Minimalism’s heightened attention to the relationship between viewer, object, and space, Rackowe’s pieces display a complex relationship to their environment.  They seem to expose otherwise unseen temporal and spatial rules of the spaces they inhabit by giving them physical form.  At the same time, they appear to question the absolutes of the built environment by testing their boundaries and suggesting new paths of movement.  Rackowe recently unveiled an out door public commission in Victoria Square, London.

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