Aerial Mobile

Tim Hawkinson

Tim Hawkinson meticulously intertwined television antennas with string and rope to construct the towering sculpture Aerial Mobile (1998). Hawkinson explores vestiges of defunct technology: nineteenth-century ocean exploration vessels and twentieth-century communication devices. The artist calls to mind the 1985 film Brazil, and its absurd futurist vision composed of archaic Fresnel lenses, pneumatic tubes, and Telex machines. In a similarly bizarre vein, Hawkinson’s intricate structure of masts and rigging lacks a hull—an unseaworthy, futile but witty conglomeration suggesting locomotion.


 
 
Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Collection of Peter Norton

Collection of Peter Norton

Collection of Peter Norton

Collection of Peter Norton