Colorado Kinetic Arts was born (is the brainchild) of the ingenuity and creativity of artist Michael Deragisch. His unique structural designs appear to float effortlessly, inviting the viewer to follow its movement while simultaneously being moved by the clean, artistic form. Each piece is an original and is the result of artful design and perfect balance. This combination is what makes the mobiles so captivating.
Mobiles are most often associated with the renowned artist, Alexander Calder, or alternatively, with infant mobiles which hang over a crib to stimulate thought patterns of babies. Mr. Calder has been credited with inventing the form, but as a prolific artist in many mediums, his work has been appreciated by millions worldwide. Most of Calder’s works are massive and intended for outdoor installations. These beautiful pieces are out of reach for most of us—in both cost and scale.
Michael was first introduced to the art and craft of building mobiles in an art class in 1970. He entertained aspirations of becoming an artist at that time, and his professor suggested he pursue sculpture. Though his designs then were much simpler, the basic theory of balance and construction holds true today. Life happens, and Michael found a career home at CU Boulder where he fed his passion for music by implementing a radio station. He simultaneously dabbled with structural art, and he now has the time to commit to the creation of new works. At present, all mobiles are designed for indoors, but each month he seeks to work with innovative ideas and pursue greater challenges. This pursuit helps keep the creative process fresh and leads to new concepts.
His recent work has progressed from sketches to hand cutting to laser cutting for the most precise, clean edge. His first commissioned work, “Floating Notes,” hangs proudly over the piano of its owner. Feel free to discuss your ideas with him! He can create a unique piece for you should you so desire.