MICHAEL BROWN & DAVID COLE

4126 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Oakland, CA 94609

(415) 846-1266

www.kinematicslab.com

 

 

 

COLLABORATIONS

 

 

Commissions in progress:    

 

Colorado School of Mines – Golden, CO

Kinetic hanging sculpture for entry hall for the CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering opening in 2017     

 

Richland School District – Richland, WA

Outdoor sculpture for Orchard Elementary School. Installation slated for early 2018.

 

 

2015    

“eTau Awards” – San Francisco, CA

  (Aluminum, steel, glass and LED's)

Thirteen custom awards were created to honor a group of scientists who made groundbreaking discoveries in the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s.

 

 

2013

“Bicycle Trio” – Boise, ID

   (Steel, musical instruments, glass, brass and aluminum)

A trio of whimsical bicycles that when ridden, activate and play mechanical instruments contained within the columns to which the bikes are attached.

A video can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q3cnf43

 

 

2012

“Cleaning House” and “A Drop of Blood” – Central Oregon Community College; Bend, OR

    (Painted, perforated aluminum, wire, wood and LED-illuminated acrylic)

Commissioned for the Health Careers Center at the community college, the pair of works consists of a suspended representation of human immunology at 35,000 times magnification and a wall-mounted interpretive panel.

A video can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/7kzwhr5

 

 

2011

“Red Oak” – Princeton, NJ

    (Painted, perforated aluminum, brass and monofilament)

This suspended, kinetic artwork was commissioned for the three-story atrium of an office building in Princeton.

A video can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/butno6z

 

 

2010

"Surface Shimmer" – Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

    (Perforated aluminum, monofilament, light and wind)

Developed a prototype, kinetic sculpture for the Life Sciences Exhibits at the future location of The Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum.

A video is available at http://tinyurl.com/2vwz6oc

 

 

2008

"Dust City Diner" – Black Rock Desert, NV

    (Trailer, wood, steel, Formica, paint with working griddle and coffee maker)

Interactive mobile diner with bee-hived waitresses serving grilled cheese sandwiches to the citizens of Burning Man, an outdoor arts festival. 

 

 

2006

"Playaflies" – Black Rock Desert, NV

    (LED's, ping-pong balls, wire, electronics and software)

Interactive LED light sculptures built for 23 bicycles. Created for Burning Man and designed to be ridden around in a group.

A video can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/39tcj5g

 

 

 

MICHAEL BROWN

(Individual Resume)

 

http://www.onsights.com

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

 

 

2009

“Blue Rain” – London School of Economics, London, UK

    (LED’s, electronics, live data stream from student research and software)

LED sculpture commissioned for the Library of the London School of Economics. More than 23,000 blue LED’s scroll live text culled from the students' current research onto the exterior brick wall of the library.

A video is available at http://tinyurl.com/28hga7y

 

“Periscope” – Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

    (Copper, LED’s, video monitor, optics and electronics)

Interactive sculpture incorporating video, sound and light encased in a copper globe to be viewed while reclining in a bathtub.

 

 

2007

“Cloud Burst” – Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

   (Stainless steel, LED’s, glass, pulleys and electronics)

Movable light sculpture incorporating LED’s, blown glass and counterweights hidden in the attic space allow the elements in the sculpture to be repositioned and arranged at will.

 

 

2004

 

“Birds of Prey” – Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA

    (Anodized aluminum, painted steel and ball bearings)

Wind activated sculpture commissioned for an Interactive Children’s Museum. Life-size cutouts of migratory birds with multiple holes in the wings to help distinguish the patterns birdwatchers commonly use to identify each species.

A video can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/385vav4

 

“Unsupported Transit” – Private collection – San Francisco, CA

    (LED’s, electronics, mirrors, glass and wood)

Muybridge’s galloping horse photographs of the 1800’s inspired this piece. Light Emitting Diodes aimed at each mirror are quickly flashed in the correct sequence, reflecting the image of the galloping horse onto a frosted glass face of the bell jar.

A video can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/nm2oq4h

 

 

 

RESIDENCES, GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

1992 - Present     Artist-In-Residence

                                 The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

2010                       Grand Prize – Muybridge inspired artwork

                                 NPR and Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC

2001                       Artist-In-Residence

                                 Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

1994                       Cultural Equity Grant

                                  San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, California

 

EDUCATION

 

1982-1985       Bachelor of Arts, Theater Arts - Film

                                 Humboldt State University – Arcata, California

 

 

 

DAVID COLE

(Individual Resume)

 

www.svartvik.com

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1994-present

           Founder and President

                   Svartvik Metalworks, Ltd. – Established in Pontiac, MI

                   Relocated to Oakland, CA in 1998

                   Designs and creates fine jewelry, architectural metalwork & public art

 

2005-present      

           Adjunct Professor

                   California College of the Arts – Oakland, California

                   Teaches undergratuate art in the Jewelry/Metal Arts Program

 

1999-2010           

           Instructor

                   The Crucible – Oakland, California

                   Taught classes in the Jewelry Making Studio and Machine Shop

 

 

 

SELECTED CLIENTS (LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS)

 

2007-present

           Stanford University – Stanford, CA

 

Multiple commissions have included reproductions of historical architectural metalwork for the Main Quad, Memorial Church, Pigott Hall, Art Gallery and Hopkins Marine Station.

 

2006

           Stanford Memorial Church – Stanford, CA

 

Designed and created a new decorative brass handrail for the front alter of the church in the historical style of existing metalwork in consultation with Leslie Bone, Conservator at the De Young Museum, San Francisco.

 

 

 

GALLERY / RETAIL REPRESENTATION

 

2004-present                  Velvet da Vinci – San Francisco, CA

2006-present                  Tutto Amiamo Galleria – Petaluma, CA

2005-2009                       Wilkes Bashford – San Francisco, CA

2007-2008                       Old Gold – Mendocino, CA

2007-2008                       Gallery Flux – San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1991-1993                       Master of Fine Arts, Metalsmithing

                                             Cranbrook Academy of Art – Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

1986-1990                       Bachelor of Arts, Government (Modified with Religion)

                                             Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH