Artist Ian Burns
creates Rube Goldberg-style machines that simultaneously make and unmake an image. Burns' constructs are sort of walk-in dioramas, accretions of household objects and clever engineering that viewers enter in order to see the desired image, which may be a light projection, a video feed or a combination of both. This manufactured image is the point of the piece, but the machinery that creates it is impossible to ignore. For his 2005 piece, The Epic Tour
, gallery patrons sat in a chair facing a plastic screen; the chair traveled on a motorized track through a mass of lumber, lights and gears that projected roadside scenes on the screen, simulating a car ride through the country. A selection of Burns' kinetic sculptures is assembled in the Front Room of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or www.contemporarystl.org
) from Tuesday, November 25, through Sunday, December 7 (closed Monday). Admission is $3 to $5.
Tue., Nov. 25; Wed., Nov. 26; Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 25. Continues through Dec. 7, 2008