Lili Maya (American, born 1965), James Rouvelle (American, born 1967), Maya + Rouvelle (New York, New York, USA, founded 2009); Glass, neodymium magnets, electromagnets, electronics; Courtesy of Maya + Rouvelle

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2018

0501, Pulse, Drift, Ping, Echo, 2018

Inside two display cases are glass volumes in the shape of cones, domes, and droopy tubes. Tiny metal spheres roll around inside the vessels, tapping lightly against the glass. These little spheres are powerful magnets. Installed underneath the tabletop are electromagnets. The tiny spheres change direction when the electromagnets switch their polarity from north/south to south/north. Created by Lili Maya and James Rouvelle, the piece sounds delicate and irregular, like falling rain.

Lili Maya (American, born 1965), James Rouvelle (American, born 1967), Maya + Rouvelle (New York, New York, USA, founded 2009); Glass, neodymium magnets, electromagnets, electronics; Courtesy of Maya + Rouvelle
  • Touch Component: Pulse, Drift, Ping, Echo, 2018

    Glass shapes are exposed on the tabletop. Artists Lili Maya and James Rouvelle created this special touch component of their piece especially for this exhibition.

  • Glass
  • glass.
  • Gift of Seguso Verti d'Arte.
  • 1985-93-2
  • Glass
  • glass.
  • Gift of H. Wittur & Company.
  • 1985-99-6

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