Richard Kean lives and works in Sydney, Australia. For the past three to four years Kean’s work has mostly focused on aural string installation as a format for speculating on the politics of architecture in Australia. Kean’s installations use architecture as a resonator for strings that are played by anyone willing. His work also responds to the poetic expansions that can be drawn from the aural string and its nuanced sine wave. This has led him to look at electro-magnetism and numeracy through creating vortex-based copper coils. By drawing the coil schematics using specific geometric and diagrammatic methods, Kean now uses art as a de-contextualised format for speculating on the significance of the numerical patterns inherent therein through sound and electromagnetism, as well as symbolic and vortex-based mathematical systems. Kean completed his PhD at Sydney College of the Arts in 2015.
Schematic for a nonagram based vortex coil with numerological resonance, 2016, wood, copper, steel.
Archetype, 2016 (detail), wood, copper, steel.
Photos: Ian Hobbs