Dynamic Structures at M.A.D. Gallery: No Dead Cows

Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Dutch Artist Willem van Weeghel

The M.A.D.Gallery [Mechanical Art Devices] proudly exhibits “Dynamic Structures,” a collection of kinetic art creations by Willem van Weeghel, a Dutch artist whose pieces have been sold to private collectors and can be found in museum installations and public spaces from hospitals to corporate offices across the Netherlands and in galleries around the world. Each animated composition captivates observers as it transforms moving elements into bold patterns teetering in the electric space between order and chaos.

The exhibition is at the M.A.D.Gallery Geneva location from 18th October 2018 – 6th February 2019. “Willem van Weeghel is the epitome of why our gallery exists,” says Max Büsser, founder of the M.A.D.Gallery and kinetic art enthusiast. “Willem’s work is not only visually mesmerizing: most visitors, me included, are constantly wondering how it works. Outside-the-box creativity, enormous talent, state-of-the-art engineering, thousands of hours of skilled work, and at the end a pure object of beauty.”

Dynamic Structures

The raison d’etre of each work is movement. By using a subtle palette of colours and shapes, van Weeghel draws attention to the importance of motion as the scene continually evolves. He always designs from the front of the creation i.e. from the observer’s viewpoint. Yet, hidden from the observer, hides a computer system programmed to operate complex mechanisms. The mechanism choreographs a dynamic dance with objects forming geometric patterns that constantly change in silence, through a variety of speeds and angles created with precision.

Check out the video below…

Dynamic Structure 171113

Dynamic Structures 171113 1st

Measuring 154 x 154 x 16.6 cm, “Dynamic Structure 171113” uses a contrast of ebony-coloured shapes against a hand-painted white canvas.

Dynamic Structures 171113 2nd

The eight identical right-angled elements move seamlessly into lines that perpetually shift position by rotating on four points. Each point has two axes, allowing the objects to move independently from each other in two directions and at a variety of speeds.

Dynamic Structures 171113 3rd

You have no colour cues to help you as patterns endlessly form and dissolve right before your eyes.

Dynamic Structure 1589182

Dynamic Structures 1589182 1st

This work is even more confusing in the monochromatic theme as the elements are not identical.

Dynamic Structures at M.A.D. Gallery 1589182 2nd

Dynamic Structures at M.A.D. Gallery 1589182 3rd

Dynamic Structure 61114 B

Dynamic Structures 61114B 1st

Adding a blue hue to the canvas allows six T-shaped elements in bright cobalt to rotate across a deep navy-blue background. The fluid movement plays on the colour changes like a kaleidoscope on a 120 square-centimeter canvas.

Dynamic Structures 61114B 2nd


Triptych or Singles

Dynamic Structures Triptych

The primary colour theme continues with the next three pieces. Each work measures 85 x 125 x 11 cm and can be displayed together as a triptych or as individual pieces.

Dynamic Structure 6618

Dynamic Structures 6618 1st

This kinetic work combines two circles in red and two circles in black slowly twirling around a lonely white canvas, sometimes slowly then again quickly like a old school foxtrot.

Dynamic Structures 6618 2nd

The complementary pairs of elements move independently of each other and different speeds may be selected. All components are hand-painted using acrylic media.

Dynamic Structures 6618 3rd

Dynamic Structure 10718 and 12718

Dynamic Structures 10718 1st

Dynamic Structures 10718 2nd

Dynamic Structures 10718 3rd

“Dynamic Structure 10718” combines yellow squares with black triangles, while “Dynamic Structure 12718” is formed from two solid blue triangles paired with a couple of open squares.

Dynamic Structures 12718 1st

Dynamic Structures 12718 2nd

Dynamic Structures 12718 3rd

Video: Dynamic Structures by Willem van Weeghel (1min 30 sec)


AlphaLuxe Comment

Art is a strange kettle of fish. I’ve wandered through art galleries flabbergasted by a pile of bricks or a couple of rotting cattle: really!?!

Who can forget the Turner Prize winners of 1992 and 1993 when Grenville Davey and Rachel Whiteread won respectively. Davey won for ‘HAL’, two abstract steel objects, each measuring 244 x 122 cm (96 x 48 in) and Whiteread won for ‘House’, literally a concrete cast of the inside of a house on Grove Road, London E3: seriously!

“The true cost of luxury is the choice that it affords.”

In this case, the prices are “On Application”…..

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Author’s Biography:  Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications.  He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).

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