Jack Sawbridge

Jack Sawbridge

jacksawbridge@btinternet.com



Balletic Goniometer 1
Wood, Blown Glass, Piano Strings
170*110*50cm

Balletic Goniometer 1
Wood, Blown Glass, Piano Strings
170*110*50cm

Balletic Goniometer 2
Wood, Blown Glass, Piano Strings, Gold Leaf
120*100*50cm

Balletic Goniometer 2
Wood, Blown Glass, Piano Strings, Gold Leaf
120*100*50cm



I make ornate objects that are designed as geometric experiments. I set twisting natural shapes of seasoned timber against the simple, straight line, Euclidean, geometries of piano type strings. This is to explore the idea of Jean Nicod that there are an infinite number of geometric systems that could be used to describe a shape other than our traditional Euclidean system. This includes sonic systems.

The strings are fully operational and the artwork is interactive in that it can be played and the tuning systems altered. This is done through the use of various devices or props, as a means of antipositivist experimentation. In my most recent series, the Balletic Goniometers, blow molded glass vessels have been connected to the tuning systems. These become devices to alter the tuning by adjusting the weight of the contents inside the vessels. The conception behind these interactive devices is born from the use of Alfred Jarry's idea of 'pataphysics. I always see my work as a performance and that these devices exist on a metaphorical stage. The Balletic Goniometers are visual devices that are used to read the decay in flexibility of a ballet dancer's joints over time.

Alongside these two Balletic Goniometers I have numerous other pieces. Please take a look at my website: jacksawbridgearchitecture.com

These two pieces are designed to stand upright against a wall but can also lie flat.

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Diploma in Architecture – The University of Nottingham

Working as an Artist for 1 year since completing my diploma.

2011 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – Nicodean Apparatus 5 sold

2012 Young Masters Art Prize Fundraising Exhibition – Balletic Goniometer 1 Selected

Evening Standard – Brian Sewell selected Nicodean Apparatus 5 as one of his
top ten works of the Summer Exhibition

Blueprint Magazine – (September 2011) work was selected for an article entitled
“Best of the Student Shows 2011”

Nottingham University Commendation for use of timber in my Diploma work