The Vertical Fluidler is my aptly named kenetic prototype and grad piece. This interesting work utilizes the amazing properties of ferrofluid contained within a flat panel window. Behind the window is a chain being driven by 2 motors in the base. The chain has a configurable pattern of high power rare earth magnets travelling its length, so as the chain rotates, the magnets are pulled up along the back of the window - then once at the top they drop the ferrofluid. As it falls it creates beautiful organic black ink-like shapes resembling mushrooms, fireworks, stars and other fantastic forms. The Vertical Fluidler utilizes the ferrofluid as an animated ink that constantly draws new and unique shapes.
In 2012, immediately after the Alberta College of Art and Design Grad Show, the piece was hosted by Endeavor Art Gallery in Calgary, Canada.
The Vertical Fluidler is the first installment of a new series of works that explores the dynamic, fluid shapes of ferrofluid within an anologue and kenetic framework. Using queues from the brilliant artist Arthur Ganson I will focus the next works in the series on the elements that create the interesting movements of the ferrofluid, as well as the physics-defying properties of the ferrofluid itself.