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"The simplest of the viewer-activated mechanisms is Flipper, which consists of a disk on an axle that extends beyond its supporting frame to form a hand crank at one end.

When the crank is turned, the disk revolves so that the slightly varied images on either side - both showing a hand holding a crank - create a simple animated illustration of the viewer's activity."
Tom Patterson, The Winston-Salem Journal

        

Flipper

24" x 24" x 24"
engraved phenolic, stainless steel
1977

a signed, numbered edition

Gently crank this machine. To see what does, or does not, happen.

Why would someone make a device that shows a badly animated picture of a moving hand when you already have the real thing to look at, there, at the end of your arm?

"...'truly stupid.' It makes a little visual joke: The viewer turns a handle that flips a black Formica circle incised on both sides with a drawing of a hand turning a handle."
Genie Carr, Winston-Salem Journal.

Flipper has been exhibited at:

  1999 Art Machines, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul.
  1998 Art Machines, The Discovery Center of Idaho, Boise, ID.
  1996 Art Machines, Inventure Place, Akron, OH.
  1994 Art Machines, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.
  1994 Art Machines, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, N.J.
  1993 Art Machines, Technorama Museum, Winterthur, Switzerland
  1992 Norman Tuck, City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, N.C.
  1991 Mindless Mechanisms, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  1978 Contemporary Artists Series, Rutgers University Gallery, New Brunswick
  1978 Fine Arts Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  1977 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, N.Y.
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