Byzantine Treasure Chest Opens Up To Reveal Circuits
Just like a rose is a rose, an electronic circuit board cannot be anything more than an electronic circuit board. If you see Byzantine Treasure Chest made by Theo Kamecke, you will say this is not always true.
Artist and film maker Theo Kamecke has transformed vintage circuit boards into pieces of art to adorn galleries and homes. While he was engaged in making his films, he would often encounter objects and materials which fascinated him. One of these objects happened to be an electronic circuit board, which he brought back with him.
These designs have a very ancient Egyptian touch and yet add a futuristic feel. These pieces can cost a bit, but then the maker is of the opinion that the few thousand dollars he invests today will let him convert these to many thousand. He has painstakingly constructed every piece with his own hands, after all.
He perceived an aesthetic quality in graphic pattern of these circuit boards and this inspired him to transform these boards into a piece of art. He started creating sculptures from the electronic circuit boards, during the mid-1980s and has not stopped since then. These sculptures had no relations with the hi-tech materials, from which they were made, but in fact, could be associated with ancient man-made structures. His first show, displaying these transformed electronic circuit boards, took place in New York.
A technique known as ‘marquetry’ is used in the circuit board, something which is more employed by furniture makers. However, Kamecke has used this technique in his own style, a style which no one had employed before. He has harvested the etching from these electronic circuit boards and then affixed them on hardwood to give an effect of polished metal, as if on stone. This resulted in extremely attractive and aesthetically pleasing designs in the form of sculptures, decorated chests, and boxes. The designs usually come in the form of vertical and horizontal grids, which give a sparkling appeal to them.
I couldn’t resist talking about the designer Theo Kamecke, a well known film maker and an award winner for many documentaries which range from coal miners to rodeo cowboys, from astronauts to nuclear scientists. Born in 1937, in New York, he is perhaps best known for his film ‘Moonwalk One’ which was a documentary film commissioned by NASA to cover the Apollo 11 landing in 1969.