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The Fridge Presents J. Miller and Lisa Helfert Interactive Kinetic Sculpture and Photography.

The Fridge is located in the rear alley 516 1/2 8th St SE Washington, DC 20003.  Visit them online at www.thefridgedc.com

Emotional Clock. Photo courtesy of the Fridge.

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The Fridge is located in the rear alley 516 1/2 8th St SE Washington, DC 20003. Visit them online at www.thefridgedc.com | OPENINGS |

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Opening Reception: Saturday October 15 from 7pm to 10pm

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On view from October 15 – October 30

When Jonathan Miller and Lisa Helfert met in 2003 performing together and enjoying the zany culture of their poet friends. A year later, much to their surprise, they discovered they had known each other for a much, much longer time. They had been curious childhood enemies, who spent their summers in a cold war over a gorgeous body of water on Cape Cod called Depot Pond. To read more of this fascinating stories of these two talented artist’s interesting past click here.

Lisa Margaret, as she is called by Jonathan, says it best, “As an engineer, Jonathan T. Miller has a wonderful ability to think spatially. Continually he moves around his thoughts, feelings, words and infinite numbers in his brain. You can see him sitting quietly contemplating, but inside his brain the movement is intense and imaginative, skillful creating beautiful algorithms and kinetic art.”

Together these two work together to create “Emotional Clocks” and other gear mobiles. “The kinetic piece, Emotional clock, can relate to any feeling or emotion for the viewer, but we together created this piece to speak to the grieving process.   We spent a long time discussing time and grief. We talked about the recent death of his brother, how he was coping with the enormous sense of loss and pain. I reflected his thoughts and related my own experiences with loss and ongoing work with Hospice Caring to help others work through their grief process.

We acknowledged the importance of the passage of time and the belief that time gives us space to feel and think and heal. Time moves continually like his kinetic art. The feelings attached to grief come and go differently over time. We explored, searched and photographed beautiful clocks to place on the sculptures. I printed images sized to work with the shape and movement of the sculpture.

The collaboration process and the art has been a healing process for both of us. The resulting kinetic piece, Emotional Clock, is intended through movement and visual image to express a sense of the soothing that time allows but also allows for the necessary movement and natural flow of emotions that comes in life. Feelings change and move like the part of the sculpture. They go up and down, around and around and come back to center over time. They only thing we know for certain is that as we move and change, as time passes, we will not stop feeling, whether happy or sad, strong or muted, colorful or mysterious. Watching this soothing piece, Emotional Clock, as time moves around on its axis is freeing.”

The Fridge is located in the rear alley 516 1/2 8th St SE Washington, DC 20003.  Visit them online at www.thefridgedc.com

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Rear Alley
516 1/2 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
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