Mesplé explores interactivity in his work by playfully engaging the curiosity of his audience with often assumingly static objects. His life-long experience with foundry techniques including welding, blacksmithing, sculpting and molding grant advancement to his elaborate makings.

His familiarization with the materials and mediums of the more physical realm of sculpture merge with a perpetuating knowledge of technology. Through environmental or individual movements, his technology-mediated work brings viewers to a state of inquisitiveness, sometimes outside of their previous experiences. Mesplé’s strong roots in the foundry are evidenced by impeccable construction while his eye for detail brings a seamlessness to his innovations.

 

 

Killing Time

Killing Time combines Mesplé's iconic use of ferrofluid and signature metalwork for an entirely new viewer experience. As a viewer approaches, a sensor detects their presence and triggers the handmade electromagnet to begin a curated sequence; drawing and releasing the ferrofluid with breath-like motions.  

78" x 33" x 33"

 

FERREFLECTION POOL

Ferreflection Pool combines real-time video interpolation, microprocessors and 320 electromagnets to create reflective silhouettes of a viewer's moving body. The fluid is magnetically responsive and puckers into a spike when triggered.

 

Machine:
Affecting Effect 

Kinetic sculpture is brought to life using magnetically responsive ferrofluid. When a viewer approaches, the ferrofluid bulges into a circle on the outside of the sphere that follows motion closest to the sculpture. When someone gets closer to the piece the sculpture loses interest in the previous viewer and begins following the next.

 

ABSOLUTION 

Blending bronze sculpture with real-time processing and ultrasonic sensors, reflective black ferrofluid begins to drown the emerging skull as the viewer nears. The artist custom built the electromagnet and mapped its force to direct the fluid to rise only in specific areas.

4' x 21"

 

Ferreflection Wall 

As with Ferreflection Pool, the interactive wall uses the same components including 320 large electromagnets to recreate the viewer's silhouette on its vertical surface.