THE VECTORGRAPH - The kinetic sculpture of D.F.Miller

The Vectorgraph series was exhibited periodically from 1996 - 2002. The vectorgraph machine was an extension of earlier small kinetic works, most of which have since been destroyed. Here is one of the earliest examples circa 1977:


"Haywire", mixed media, circa 1977




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Evolution of the Vectorgraph. Detail - "Glimmerkin" - 1996

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Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art - 2000 All photgraphs by D.F. Miller unless otherwist noted.

The exhibition at the Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art was a special exhibition for me; it was my first one-man exhibition and it opened on my 46th Birthday. The Gallery Director, Bruce Hartman, is probably one of the most knowledgable scholars of contemporary art in the midwest region and what he has accomplished as Director of this venue is astonishing..
VECTORGRAPH #12

The Vectorgraph is very difficult to document photographically and equally hard to describe verbally but this is the gist; small strips of silver, white or black fabric are tied randomly to monofiliment or braided nylon line. Thousands of feet, in some intances, more than a mile of this strand are produced.

The strands with the fabric bits are then threaded through machines designed to propel the strands through three-dimensional space at varying speeds. Small hand-made pulley wheels are attached to ceilings, walls and floors that allow the bits to traverse through the space of the room. We've documented the resulting phenomenon with video but something very important is lost in the translation.

The Vectorgraph, is a giant, complicated erector set with interchangable mechanical parts that can be assembled in an endless variety of configurations. It's very tedious and time consuming to create but the installations are always surprising, fascinating to watch and hopelessly impermanent.


All images are property of the artist, all rights reserved - Copyright d.f.miller, 2010.
The photo on the left was taken by Jamison Miller, photographer for the Nelson - Atkins Museum of Art. He used a very nice wide angle lens on his 4x5 camera to take this shot. The camera had to be placed absolutely against the wall in order to capture all three machines in a single shot.

VECTORGRAPH #12

January, 2000

The Chair Building Exhibition - Kansas City, Missouri - 1996

VECTORGRAPH #7 (Glimmerkin)

The Chair Building Exhibition in 1996 was the first time the Vectorgraph was exhibited. My wife nick-named the installation "Glimmerkin" after the sparks you see when you rub your eyes with your knuckles.
VECTORGRAPH #7 (Glimmerkin)

The Chair Building Exhibition was a group exhibition that also featured the work of James Woodfill and Russell Furguson. I've exhibited my work next to Woodfill's work many times - we share a common philosophical dialogue and he is extremely fun to work with.
3-D KC EXHIBITION - Forum for Contemporary Art - St. Louis - 1997
The 3-D KC Exhibition was an invitational group show featuring Kansas City sculptors. This was yet another opportunity for me to exhibit my work with collegue James Woodfill. The flashing lights in the background are Jim's lyrical bouncing bags of light.

In the intervening years since this exhibition, the humble Forum for Contemporary Art has been transformed into the spectacular Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
3-D KC
Forum for Contemporary Art - St. Louis, Missouri - 1997 (more Woodfill light sculpture in the background).

The man sitting in the background was the Forum's technical director. I think his name was Larry.
3-D KC
Forum for Contemporary Art - St. Louis, Missouri - 1997 (more Woodfill light sculpture in the background)
3-D KC
Forum for Contemporary Art - St. Louis, Missouri - 1997 (more Woodfill light sculpture in the background)
MUNICIPAL AIRPORT EXHIBITION - Kansas City - 1997
KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

This was a fleeting affair that lasted less than 24 hours - we installed these sculptures for a benefit cocktail party. I think this photgraph was taken at about 5:00 AM, minutes before the whole thing was disassembled.

The fabric bits in this installation were nat-like and difficult to see in the photograph.

The permanent and colorful sculpture in the background is by one of my former KCAI professors, Kansas City artist Warren Rosser.
KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
FERMATTA EXHIBITION - Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri -
FERMATTA

Although the Vectorgraph installations were only numbered and never formally titled, several acquired nick-names. This one came to be called the Rose Petal Generator.

Of course, that's Woodfill's swinging light sculpture in the background.