Gray Contemporary presents Todd Dunning: "Translator" opening day

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Gray Contemporary presents Todd Dunning: "Translator"
Todd Dunning, Roto 12, Self-determining movement with simple neural network, Aerospace carbon fiber, titanium, stainless steel, nylon, microprocessors, 48 x 54 in., 2020 Photo courtesy of Todd Dunning

Gray Contemporary's performance of "Translator" knows you're there. "Translator" is made up of Roto self-aware sculptures. They're busy doing what they want. They weren't asked to come here, they're not pre-programmed so they just do their own stuff. They're made of aerospace materialswith brains as well as muscles.

They may or may not care to make a connection with you. Because Rotos move and communicate mostly with themselves they don't always acknowledge the viewer or the environment. They just wait until they feel like it. Is it that important for you to wait to find out?

There is a moment when your Roto catches your attention, communicates and motions to you but it might not be today at all. You're either known, unknown or ignored. You'll feel which it is and carry on. But the worst is to be ghosted. You keep guessing and staying for reasons that get thinner. Telling yourself it's happening right then out of optimism.

A Roto has no such hopefulness. After you leave you may have been reached out to, or just thought so.

The exhibition will remain on display through November 28.

Event Details



Gray Contemporary
3508 Lake St.
Houston, TX 77098


Ticket Info

Admission is free.