Rotating Frame Device

Juan Geuer

BIRTH YEAR 1917
BIRTH PLACE Soest, Holland
DEATH YEAR 2009
DEATH PLACE Almonte, Ontario
MEDIUM Steel, ball and needle bearings, aluminum and foam board
DATE 1969
DIMENSIONS 69.9cm x 190.5cm x 7.6cm
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.04.14
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
An installation of a rectangle horizontal white foam frame mounted at eye level to a vertical thin metal shaft fixed to the ground outside, framing a partial view of the trees behind. The work uses the wind, which causes the frame to spin and swing on its axis, changing the subject to be framed. Geuer used the wind to illustrate a philosophical point: despite our wanting to frame the world a certain way, the frame itself is subject to the arbitrary force of nature.

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