“Device for Possible Transcendence”
"Device for Possible Transcendence" is an attempt to reconfigure a machine created for physical pleasure into a mechanism that bridges multiple realms: the motions of physical sensuality and the resonant vibrations of the incorporeal, the spiritual, the ineffable. There's a certain sort of awkward absurdity and clumsy fashion that comes with this effort: something I see as very human attributes. The machine requires a delicate balance of settings for the resonance to occur: fiddle with the knobs in the wrong way and it just won't work. But when you get it right, it's almost magical.
About the Artist
Ven Voisey is a Oakland-based multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily in sculpture, installation and sound. Born in Richmond, CA, Voisey grew up in the East Bay Area of Northern California. In 2000, he received a BA from San Francisco State University in a self- designed major combining Humanities, Electronic music , Film, and Conceptual Art. He continued his education outside of school by working, touring and collaborating with kinetic sculpture and installation collective Amorphic Robot Works, building machines, learning electronics, and composing music. In 2003, Voisey moved to North Adams, MA where he worked with a variety of arts organizations (MASS MoCA, MCLA Gallery 51, Clark Art Institute, Images Cinema...) and making his own work in his studio and exhibiting nationally. In 2010 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Berkshire Museum and was awarded the Individual Artist grant from Local Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire. His work was included in the 2012 deCordova Biennial at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. In 2013 he was a fellow of the Roswell Artist in Residence Program in Roswell, New Mexico. He returned to his home state in 2014 where he is currently working on new work in his East Bay studio.
Device for Possible Transcendence