Eric Tillinghast: the rainmaker

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Water is the inspiration, the medium and the subject inside the work of American artist Eric Tillinghast.
Born in 1974 in Los Angeles, where he lives and works, the artist established in 1995 his studio in New Mexico, where he earned his BFA from the college of Santa Fe.
His work takes the form of paintings, sculptures and installations where water becomes the protagonist. “My interest- he says – is in our various perceptions of water, and creating experiences that examine those perceptions.”
Most of his work is called Water Series. His vessels and sculptures alternate small sizes with minimal shapes and big installations, where the vessels are superimposed to create a tower where the water flows from one mouth of the jar to the other.
But the most fascinating work is Rain Machine. In a large rectangular basin the water is moved by a pump while from the top a drip system makes the water fall on the surface, producing the relaxing sound of the rain.

 

http://www.erictillinghast.info

 

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Water Series #60, 2003, water and cast iron, installation at the Kohler Co. Factory, Kohler, Wisconsin

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Water Series #76, 2010, Water, steel and vibrating motors, installation for the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Funnel Fountain, 2013, running water and mixed media

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Wishing Well, 2013, running water and mixed media

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Wishing Well (detail), 2013, running water and mixed media

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Rain Machine (Water Series #77), 2012, water, rubber, pump and drip system, installation for the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Rain Machine (Water Series #77) (detail), 2012, water, rubber, pump and drip system, installation for the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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