Mike Eastman unlocks the aesthetic and material potential of electronic waste through a process of discovery and play; transforming discarded television and computer parts into user-activated magnetic sculptures. Eastman’s goal is to engage visitors in the process of artistic discovery and spark their curiosity about the hidden magic of materials.
As part of Eastman’s artistic investigations, he reduces electronic devices down to their component parts, salvaging the material for new purposes. Playing around in his studio, Eastman discovered that he could create an electromagnet out of the copper wire from an old computer fan. Continuing his experimentation, he found that he could create animated formations and patterns in metallic dust by manipulating the current level. The resulting shapes evoke associations ranging from fur to black holes, stimulating the imagination and generating a sense of wonder. Each artwork offers different methods for creating unique dust sculptures, either by controlling the power level or by running a magnet over the glass surface of a dust-filled aquarium. Visitors are invited to mimic the artist’s process and discover new artistic possibilities in the materials through play.
ABOUT MIKE EASTMAN
Mike Eastman earned his BFA from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he received the JM Metcalf Endowed Scholarship for Fine Art. An emerging artist, active in the local arts community, Eastman has exhibited work at the Ideal Hotel, the Keller Gallery at Point Loma Nazarene University, and completed a permanent sculptural installation for Hess Brewing Company. He has also worked as a studio assistant for several prominent San Diego artists, including Lael Corbin and Roman de Salvo. TRASH is Eastman’s first museum exhibition.