“The Mobile: Composition in Motion” coming to The Carrack Modern Art.

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Carin Walsh and Jerry Huff are organizers of this upcoming hanging mobile show, on view November 9 to 19 at The Carrack in downtown Durham. Huff is a software engineer working in RTP and Walsh is an artist and Durham arts community volunteer. Both reside in Durham.

Watching a hanging mobile gently traverse its orbit is a peaceful, almost Zen-like experience. Time slows and our attention span lengthens as positive and negative space become fluid. There is no front, no back, and no single viewer experience. It’s not uncommon for the experience to become a transformative one and ignite a passion to master, or at least experiment within, mobile design and construction. That’s what happened to us, and it sparked a creative journey that we are eager to share.

In the spring we put out a call to artists, regardless of mobile-making experience, to try their hand at creating unique and innovative sculpture in motion. We encouraged creatives of all types to push boundaries in terms of material, design and construction, and bring fresh interpretations to the hanging mobile art form.

We believed there’d be interest, but receiving 80 submissions certainly exceeded our expectations! The arts community is so wonderfully generous with their creativity. Put something out there and they respond with warmth and ingenuity. It’s been an honor to have so many works offered, and each one reflecting such a unique and personal vision. The majority came from within the Triangle area, but submissions also arrived from Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and California.

And to our delight, the mobile making activity extended well beyond the works submitted. We’ve heard from folks who tested ideas; have plans for future mobiles; sketched out designs; cruised reuse centers for materials; and even from an inspiring soul who hosted a mobile making party (thank you!). And that was the whole point of putting out the call – generate interest in mobiles as an art form, invite new players, and encourage folks to have fun challenging what’s already been done.

With so many terrific entries our distinguished panel of jurors had their work cut out for them. The jury couldn’t just select favorites, but were tasked with representing a true cross-section of concepts and skill levels – so we’ve got first-attempts hanging right next to expert works. The resulting exhibition is intriguing, beautiful, fun, interactive, informative, and family friendly. Included are some of the first completely 3D printed mobiles, a living mobile, a mobile as commentary on mobile technology, an auto-mobile, and more.

Come experience “The Mobile: Composition in Motion” on view November 9-19 at The Carrack. Opening reception is November 11, 6 to 9 p.m. See The Carrack website listing for other events and workshops related to this show.

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