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Heather Keung + Michael Connor

Saturday June 21st 2014 to Saturday September 20th 2014

Utility For Power

Heather Keung + Michael Connor

Utility for Power

Part of The Junction Design Crawl + Summer Solstice Festival 

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 21st, 5:00-8:00pm

Join us this Saturday June 21st from 5-8pm for an evening of work and play as collaborators Keung and Connor transform the ARTiculations window vitrine and gallery into interactive installations powered by viewer engagement. 

Five Wheel Drive is a kinetic sculpture made from found materials such as bike wheels and reclaimed wood. The machine is inspired by 19th century rope and belt drive systems that are simple, efficient, inexpensive and highly tolerant methods used to transmit power. The installation is not powered by electricity, but instead seconds of engagement with the viewer. By a simple turning action, a rotational movement is converted to a linear movement and oscillating movement that bring inanimate objects magically to life.

Escapement 4 interprets early clock mechanisms called escapements from 13th century Europe and Asia.  Similarly to Five Wheel Drive, it is made from found materials such as bike wheels and reclaimed wood.  This machine is powered by a simple pulling action; energy is stored in a suspended weight and slowly released through a delicate self-reversing movement. What could be seen as inaccurate time keeping machines of sorts, is more meditations on the potential of this technology as a renewable energy source.

Triangles are multifunctional modular pieces that can be playfully reinterpreted to a range of uses. Heavy duty triangular objects made from reclaimed decking material from job sites, mostly under 2ft cut-offs, can be used outdoor/indoor for patio furniture, step stools, planters, children’s play structures and more.


Heather Keung graduated from the OCAD University. Her artistic practice includes video, installation and performance art and is inspired by the conditioning of the mind and body through physical training and environment. In addition to her artistic practice, she is an active contributor to the arts community in Toronto as a film festival programmer and curator.

Michael Connor attended OCAD University’s Integrated Media program, graduated from the Sheridan Arts program, and the Centre for Skills Development and Training. He is a carpenter, and has professional experiences ranging from bicycle mechanic to web-based programmer. He is interested in exploring renewable energy systems, working with small engines, making video art and music.

Together they have shown their work at A Space Gallery, the MOCCA, and Art Gallery of Mississauga.


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