Featured Artist Paulapart Pino

Sculptor Paulapart Pino creates acoustically honed spiral sculptures which affect sounds passed through them. Visit his website to learn more about his work.

 

"Artist Paulapart Pino in Studio" (Photo credit: Verance Photography). See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Artist Paulapart Pino in Studio” (Photo credit: Verance Photography)

 

My soul has always been a curious one. I am driven by a desire to explore, to understand, and to create new things in the world. The art I make expands my fascination with the natural world into an investigation about expression, geometry and resonance.

 

"Om Shell" Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 3’ x 5’ by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Om Shell” Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 3’ x 5’

 

Painting was my first love, a love I focused on with endless enthusiasm in my youth. Then art school opened my mind to wilder, less restrained forms of artmaking and taught me that art can take any form, that it can leap out from flat canvases into the 3D world we live in, and that as a physical structure, art can affect the space both inside and around it.

 

“Spiral Waveform" Photograph, Dimensions Variable by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Spiral Waveform” Photograph, Dimensions Variable

 

These possibilities, coupled with the opportunity to employ new materials like metal and ceramics, thrilled me to no end, so I changed gears in art school and continued my quest as a sculptor.

 

"Spire Shell" Acrylic and Steel Wire, 6" x 4" x 3" by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Spire Shell” Acrylic and Steel Wire, 6″ x 4″ x 3″

 

I also grew up writing music and performing with a rock band, a passion that I had put on the back burner until I realized the potential of combining my musical interests with sculpture. Acoustics, the study of how sound and vibration pass through a space, became the new focus of my artistic pursuits. I started making acoustic sculptures.

 

"Sliced Om Half Shell" Wood, 22" x 17" x 5" by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sliced Om Half Shell” Wood, 22″ x 17″ x 5″

 

First, I explored how different materials reflect or absorb sound differently, e.g. cardboard dampens sound whereas metal can redirect sound efficiently. Once I grasped which materials would be useful for manipulating sound, I began experimenting with various geometries to see how sound would pass through them.

 

"Shell Collection" Wood, Acrylic and PLA, Dimensions Variable by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Shell Collection” Wood, Acrylic and PLA, Dimensions Variable

 

After a year of searching, I discovered that hollow spirals, shaped like snail or nautilus shells, have an incredible effect on sound. As a sound plays through the long curving tube, the spiral adds expansive reverberance and bass resonance (like a subwoofer with deep echo).

 

"Sliced Om Shell" Masonite, Paint and Loudspeaker, 8" x 11” x 6"

“Sliced Om Shell” Masonite, Paint and Loudspeaker, 8″ x 11” x 6″

 

The acoustic properties of spiraling horns and shells also have deep roots in human history like the shofar in Judaism and conch shells in Hinduism. Spirals are even at the very core of human hearing—the cochlea of our inner ear is a coiled spiral because it improves the range of our low-frequency (bass) hearing.

 

"Spire Shell" Wood and Steel Wire, 10" x 18" x 8" by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Spire Shell” Wood and Steel Wire, 10″ x 18″ x 8″

 

Once this came together in both my studio practice and outside research, I committed myself to create spiral shells in every way fathomable and finding new ways to explore their acoustic properties.

 

"Wire shell" Brass, Steel and Shellac, 4" x 2" x 2" by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wire shell” Brass, Steel and Shellac, 4″ x 2″ x 2″

 

The curving repetition of these acoustic Om shells is a metaphor for my quest to synthesize a love of creativity, science and life into art.

 

"Folded Om Shell" Masonite and Paint, 12" x 10" x 6" by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Folded Om Shell” Masonite and Paint, 12″ x 10″ x 6″

 

I often build multi-channel surround sound systems by installing several shells in one room and use them to play the sounds of singing whales with ocean waves.

 

"Rolled Om Shell" Acrylic and Loudspeaker, 10" x 8" x 5" by artist Paulapart Pino. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rolled Om Shell” Acrylic and Loudspeaker, 10″ x 8″ x 5″

 

Or, I use them as a live sound system to collaborate with musicians who can perform their music through an orchestra of singing shells. My work now is to continuously hone these acoustic sculptures in my studio practice and to share them with the world through sonic installations and musical art performances.

 

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