Allegory and Apparatus
Lukas Milanak applies the do-it-yourself ethos to science and engineering, inventing playful sculptures and art-making machines by breathing life into found objects with elemental materials like wood, steel and handblown glass. Allegory and Apparatus, will feature recent work ranging from the curious to the absurd. Through the reuse and reinvention of everyday materials, Milanak depicts an age where the experimental spirit of alchemy and curiosity is alive and well. Mobile Alchemy Research Station (M.A.R.S.), as exhibited at The Corning Museum of Glass, ignites fascination as glass is microwaved to its melting point in pursuit of the recipe for the philosopher’s stone. Device for InterSpecies Communication (D.I.S.C.) is an interface that allows plants to talk to humans through Morse code and the electromagnetic fields of life. Together, the works in the room transform the mundane into the extraordinary. Lukas explains, “What happens in between seeing potential and realizing it goes well beyond simply building an object. There is magic in the making, alchemy in the experimentation, and joy in sharing that with others.” For Lukas Milanak, the world is full of wonder, and Allegory and Apparatus aims to make that feeling tangible.