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14 INTERVIEW Mark von Rosenstiel

Mark von Rosenstiel

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sing feedback loops and technology to create internalized representations of the human experience, the innovative sculptural works of Mark von Rosenstiel explore the boundary between observation and participation. Informed by his background in mathematics, his intricately constructed mechanical structures perform these rhythmic interactions through repetitive motions; communicating with the viewer a new way of considering the emotional relationships we form to ourselves and our environment. Currently living and working between Seattle and Budapest, the artist’s works have been exhibited in galleries across the world. His next solo exhibition is opening September 7th at Glassbox Gallery in Seattle.

Can you tell us about your process for creating new work; do you have a method for translating a conceptual idea into a physical piece? Taking an idea from conception to an actual physical object is a lot like what, I imagine, it is like to cast a character in a movie or play. An idea behind a piece has a certain physicality that seems inherent in the idea itself. And I guess the trick is to balance stereotypes of materials with subtle variations on universal experiences of those materials, which then allow for the produced object to take on some unique identity and knowledge. I think how the relationships between materials in the object contribute to the personal

narrative of the object in question, not necessarily the narrative I have based on my experience with those materials. I guess that is all a long way to say I try to think about the idea as a person that I would meet in a very minimal setting. Just me and the idea in an empty cafe, sharing a cup of coffee. What kind of jacket are they wearing? The rest seems to follow. How has your background in mathematics informed your practice, both visually and conceptually? Mathematics as a tool is powerful because of its simplicity: at its heart, it’s lots of different structures that define relationships between objects. I think

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