Rebecca Baumann

b.1983

Automated Colour Field (variation 4)

  • Purchased 2014
  • 44 flip-clocks, laser cut paper, batteries
  • 1420 x 1430 x 90mm
  • 2014/010.a-rr
  • 2014

Automated Colour Field (Variation 4) is a kinetic sculpture made from a grid of battery powered alarm clocks. The artist has replaced the numbered panels that represent hours and minutes with coloured cards, which regularly flip over into new configurations. The work is in continuous motion, creating a constantly changing arrangement that tells its own time – and takes time to view. As you watch the cards whirr around, as they rise and fall, you become aware of the variety of colour combinations. You’re drawn to some, possibly repelled by others. Rebecca Baumann is interested in the emotional associations of colour. When she was making these works, she says, she was thinking about the wide range of emotions you feel in a day. “Everything is always about that perfect moment, but really life is just a series of many moments.”

(Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary, 15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)