Below the Illusion of God and Time is a work about the illusions of human made and created ways of organizing our planet. It was kinetic and the round and arrow forms spun while the red light from behind illuminated the work.

Illusion of God and Time copy

Below is Polymorphic Transmissions latex rubber, motors, color controller and fiber optics. This is the work I was making when I met Amy Youngs and she had questions about the work and came into my studio to learn about how to use fiber optics. Amy created a fiber optic pillow and we have been collaborating in some fashion ever since.

Polymorphous Transmissions copy

Is an abstraction of the process of sperm penetrating an egg. The form on the right references cellular mitosis and the form on the left is an abstraction of a small fetus. For this work I found the photography and writings of Lennart Nilsson, in the book A Child is Born by  most inspirational. The rhythmic line and form of the work was intended to create a sense of dynamism and movement.

Conception 1988 copy

Two abstract creatures breaking off the canvas and meeting for the first time. I was interested in the delicate interplay of spaghetti grids and thin red thread linking the entities as they reach out to each other. Dryer lint, red and black cardboard and binder rings.

First Meeting by Ken Rinaldo
First Meeting by Ken Rinaldo

My early works were formal sculptures, which only referred to biological process. Mitosis (1986) was an abstraction of a cell splitting into two. Hydrocal plaster and marble base.

Mitosis copy

This is a model for a large scale sculptural instrument that could also be played by the viewer. The original was clay destroyed in the 1989 SF earthquake and rebuilt in plaster.

Experimental instrument copy

Abstraction composed of spaghetti, steel brackets, paint and black electrical tape.

Abstract sculpture copy copy