Bruce Aitken’s mechanical piece Clock 12.41 was longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015. Continuing the tradition of the long case clocks, Aitken makes weight-driven, pendulum-regulated clocks: rotating wooden wheels controlled by gravity. The hands mark the rotation of the world in the usual way – 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.
Each is made to order from native grown hardwoods and add a bold, physical presence to any space. In contrast, modern clocks tend to vanish – they are in our phones, computers and TVs, running alongside myriad other functions all of which are the product of invisible workings. Openly telling the time, these absorbing horological sculptures invite a deep contemplation of the passage of time – they do not simply announce it; they draw the viewer into the present moment to witness time arising and advancing.
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists working across a broad range of media the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world.
Now open for entries, the Prize welcomes works in the categories of Photographic & Digital Art, Painting & Drawing, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance. Prizes include a group exhibition, £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox and editorial in Aesthetica Magazine as well as via its digital platforms.
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Bruce Aitken, Clock 12.41. Longlisted in the Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture Category