Roto-Optics: Marcel DuChamp
Bruce McClure is an architect and artist living and working in New York City. In 1983, 1988, and 1990 he assisted John Cage at the Mountain Lake Workshop and developed a particular interest in the optical experiments of Marcel Duchamp, which he later developed into the Roto-Optics Mountain Lake Workshops. In 1926 Marcel Duchamp created a series of optical disks that he later registered under the name “ROTORELIEF” Intended to be viewed on a gramophone player at 40-60 r.p.m. these disks were decorated with designs based on circular or spiral forms and create the illusion of objects rotating in space. Familiar with this work, Bruce McClure has created a new edition of roto-optics that spin at greatly increased speeds and are controlled for view by the use of Harold Edgerton’s invention -- the stroboscope. The public is invited to vary the light flashes on a display of disks that create an infinite variety of effects. Blank disks are also available for the visitors to spin designs of their own making. Bruce McClure has directed several public Roto-Optics Mountain Lake Workshops.