Arthur Ganson – Kinetic sculpture

“I’m trying to imbue a lifeless object with a piece of my humanity”



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I first came across Arthur’s work almost two decades ago when I was a student in Boston. I don’t know what led me to that gallery on that day, but I do know that the work I saw has remained vivid in my memory ever since.

Arthur manages to combine so many elements that I find deeply satisfying; interactivity, narrative, humour, ingenuity and sometimes even found objects.

But he takes it a step further – each piece lends itself to layers of contemplation, hinting at philosophical or existential questions about human existence; a search for meaning, the joy of the physical, and endless struggle.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • having a clear intention in making
  • refining your ability to communicate through your work
  • giving and receiving feedback
  • avoiding self-consciousness
  • the importance of challenging habits and assumptions