Mechanics laid bare for thought
Kinetic sculptures of small moments stir nostalgia, contemplation, humor
Critic Cate McQuaid looks at exhibits in three art galleries, including “Nostalgia Machines,’’ at David Winton Bell Gallery: In an era of microchips, we don’t see much of the technology that powers our tools. Does that invisibility create nostalgia for the days of manual typewriters? If that means the days when life was less virtual and more anchored in the body, then ”Nostalgia Machines,” a kinetic sculpture exhibit at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery banks on that.