Todd Dunning is our next artist in the 'Think Outside the Walls' Series.
May 1, 2021
Roto Story | Todd Dunning
The background of Todd Dunning's Roto animated sculptures, a 4-year odyssey of a fascinating new sculptural medium.
Todd Dunning is a pioneering kinetic sculptor in San Francisco. His early welded mechanical steel sculptures were evocative of Jean Tinguely and David Smith. His current work— painstakingly crafted from dielectric elastomers, titanium, carbon fiber, and 3D printed internals — are more organism than a machine, moving powerfully and intelligently like a living creature. Their motion is self-determined, never machine-like, and always different.
Dunning has exhibited in the Bay Area and nationally and can be found in several private collections, notably the Lester Marks Collection, Houston. Recent exhibitions of his current body include a group show at the International Art Museum of America and a solo exhibition at Gray Contemporary in Houston Texas.
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Roto 13 is smaller at 36" High. I'm moving towards wall-mounted, easy-installing pieces and the lighter weight allows for beautiful and varied gaits after it pauses and decides it wants to go somewhere.
Available at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery.
Exploring multiple branching and finding it allows more independent movement and less constraint. 44” inches high, Roto 19 waits to move until it really wants to, but then really gets into the groove. Carbon fiber, titanium, stainless steel, nylon, microprocessors.
Available at Gray Contemporary.
Roto 3 | Todd Dunning
Silent and with no moving parts, Roto 3 moves endlessly. It decides when, what and where to move on its own as a simple self-contained organism. Watching it undulate and explore its own space is a hypnotizing, transcendent experience totally new to the art world. Made from aerospace composites and weighing only a few pounds the Roto Series is easy to hang from your ceiling.
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