(Jim Pallas Plays For Barbara Levin. 1973)
In 1961, a young Detroit attorney, back home from Harvard, and
wife, bought my intaglio print, "ZIP", out of a student show at Wayne
|A few years later, I showed some
sculpture in his office for a fund raiser.
The attorney was Carl Levin who represented indigents in criminal
cases at the Michigan Defender’s Office. We stayed in
He and his wife, Barbara were interested in buying a sculpture but
have much money. By the time he saved up enough to meet the price
I last gave for something, the price had gone up.
During this time I was finishing the Wheel
and Pendulum series and wanted to
make an artwork that would be affected by a factor outside of
In their living room was a harpsichord that Barbara had built from
I asked her to play
something for me. So she sat down and
ripped off a little Bach number from memory. She said she
like a sculpture to go on the wall over her harpsichord. I said I would
like to make a sculpture respond to the sounds of the instrument and
some of the
qualities of those sounds in its form. They liked the idea.
(Jim Pallas Plays For Barbara Levin)
acrylic paint on Masonite panel, welded steel,L.E.D.s, thread,
red and white paper, bearings, solenoids. electronic circuitry.
Barbara and Carl Levin Collection
I enlisted the aid of a
self-taught engineer who was working
for Stanford Ovshinsky at Energy Conversion Devices.
Barbara worked at Energy Conversion Devices many years later.)
The amazing Dick Dudchik, a
photographer and pilot, created the circuitry for J.P.P.F.B.L.which
audio events in the three frequency ranges. He introduced me to
then new TTL family of integrated
logic circuits. Later he designed circuitry I used in
sculpture in the early 1970's. They served as models for
I developed later including another commission for the Levins..
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