"Two Motorized Colored Forms", Stephan Soihl, 2010
Making my favorite first Thursday stop at Blackfish Gallery, my attention was immediately grabbed by Stephan Soihl’s unusually soothing sculpture. Titled “Two Motorized Colored Forms”, his two-part kinetic piece was composed of plexi-glass, colored motor oil, brass motors, and timers. Set against a white background the color and volume of the plexi-glass forms is accentuated. Each abstract form, one filled with yellow motor oil, the other green, rotated slowly in alternating directions. The green form was set on a single line, with a thin tube of plexi-glass and one and a triangular prism at the other. The yellow form was constructed with a radial balance consisting of three protruding prisms of different size and shape. Without movement, the asymmetrical balance of the piece would not have been as well emphasized. Not only was the kinetics of the overall piece interesting, but the liquid motor oil inside each prism traveled throughout the sculpture creating dynamic volumes and an equally interesting visual.