COMMISSIONED BY CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER, FOR
INSIDE OUT FESTIVAL 2017
The cadence that one can see when looking at Revolve is the three-dimensional development of a pattern that first appeared in the drawings Raindown and Revolve previously created by Rolinson. It consists of straight, curved and twisting lines made with tensioned steel mesh sheets. Although the set of guidelines can sound uncomplicated, when replicated many times, it results in a complex form. The repetition of this sequence, combined with programmed LEDS that display rhythms derived from patterns based on the original drawings, can be perceived as a visual version of a reflective mantra.
Revolve is a meditation on the physical sense of release, the transition from thunderous noise to silence. Sound inspires it; a visualisation of a voice powerfully punctuating the silence. We might imagine it splits apart a leaden tomb of energy and releases all that is held inside. It fills every part of the space, ricocheting through the air, climbing layer upon layer until it is exhausted in the atmosphere. In essence, it is the pure sensation of the build-up and dissipation of energy.
Having its centre as the main axis, Revolve can go around itself (revolving as the title suggests). It grows until finding a final format that best relates its shape to the space in which is exhibited. Thus it can have different dimensions.
At the Curve Theatre, in Leicester, it occupied the foyer of the building as an artistic intervention on its architecture. Other versions have been made for smaller sites in which the artwork gains a more contemplative feature. It can be alone in an exhibition space or in dialogue with other artworks. In a dark environment it casts spectacular moving shadows that extend the structure back into two-dimensional forms that wrap around the viewers.