Geometric Mechanotherapy Cell for Harmonic Alignment of Movements and Relations, 2007-2008
polished plastic, metal bolts, black paint, audio tracks, and sound system
232.4 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm with base
National Gallery of Canada (no. 42529)
Photo © NGC
"Geometric Mechanotherapy Cell for Harmonic Alignment of Movements and Relations" was inspired by a photo of a jungle gym made of PVC pipe - a subterranean material associated with the treatment of waste and most often hidden from view. Shearer has translated the image into a three-dimensional sculpture, animating it with a composition of distorted, and at times disturbing, synthesized sounds. He envisioned the structure as being in the process of absorbing social discord, then trying to digest it, as though attempting to heal the disorders or dis-ease of society by turning them into positive vibrations. In its potential to cure, however, the sculpture ultimately fails; instead, the negativities remain trapped in a perpetual cycle of unsettled vibrations within it.