Exposed: A-bort Gear wheels
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A-bort aka Bart Koppe Gear Wheels
376 2002, Tate
|The British understoot early in
the 21st century how important Bart Koppes work was. His whole
live he concentrated on building Lego machines with a bright
and emerging fascination of what a gear wheel can do. In this
fourth exposition of his work, twenty five new works are presented.
But also one older work; Tate is proud to also present his first
ever work: A Gear Wheel (1981).
Lego was generally considered
a more suitable medium for the nude because the
flexibillity of plastic was associated with purity. By contrast,
the influence of Koppe encouraged lego builders to offer more robust,
fleshy types. Naturalism was prized as an 'Bartolian' virtue, but
several artists who produced overtly physical descriptions of the
Radar Gear Wheel Machines were accused of indecency.