Marriage of Chaos and Control
A Master of Fine Arts and Science, Tom Shannon creates latter from the former. He constructed a large pendulum, six remote-controlled pain guns at its end, which swings over a lengthy canvas and releases a precise amount of a certain color to a specific part of the canvas. “The process is full of surprises” – says the 62-year-old artist – “It’s a marriage of chaos and control”. The paintings teem with life (images below are parts of broader images) – when you get near enough, shapes already familiar, as well as those likely enough to tease the imagination, begin to emerge in a seemingly spontaneous fashion. Neon polymers articulate shapes of wild vines, full lips, coral reefs and various fish, to name a few.
In his sculptures, an ingenious use of magnets and really tiny suspension cables create a striking, gravity defying illusion. Use of magnets repellent properties with materials such as steel and wood, gives his sculptures an otherworldly quality of equilibrium through levitation, and transforms objects like planets into something understandable, and quite close.
Tom Shannon also holds patents for the first tactile telephone, a color television projector and a synchronous world clock.
Tom’s pendulum paintings
Tom’s anti-gravity sculptures