Thomas Chimes, Multiplax

Date
1971
Medium
Aluminum, plexiglass, and paper
Credit Line
Gift of Dmitri and Sheila Chimes, 2011
Dimensions
21 x 7 x 2 1/8 in., ed. 21/100

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Chimes made metal box constructions. Some have working gears and kinetic elements. Others are overtly erotic. Many include obscure or coded language. Multiplax includes a small, red electric light and a direct reference to the artist who inspired Chimes most greatly: Marcel Duchamp. Chimes writes, “eros champ, du”, which suggests a passionate love—eros—for the great conceptual artist. Like Duchamp’s famous The Large Glass in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the box has an upper and lower register. Diagrams of a shaft-like “trough” and other shapes suggest a realm of bio-mechanical interaction. 

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