The Rickey Idea is an introduction to George Rickey's art through his own words, and through images and videos of his kinetic sculpture. Through these selected quotes and links to various publications, you will gain a succinct understanding of his aesthetic concerns and the technical means used to achieve them, as his art developed from the early 1950s through the 1990s. Philip Rickey, President, George Rickey Foundation

“Since the design of the movement is paramount, shape, for me, should have no significance.”

~ George Rickey, George Rickey: Skulpturen, Material, Technik, Amerika Haus, Berlin 1979 pdf

"I committed myself to a completely new technology, a new esthetic, new criteria, a new kind of response from others and a new antiphony between myself and the new object I held in my hand. I had to wonder whether Calder had said it all; when I found he had not, I had to choose among the many doors I then found open."

~ George Rickey, "The Sculpture of George Rickey", ArtNews 1980 pdf

“Technology is not art but every art has its technology... I do not develop technology for its own sake or to cause wonder, only in response to my felt need.”

~ George Rickey, George Rickey, Technology
(offprint from the exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle Bielefeld 1976 pdf

“I want the surface responsive to light, but the grinding is random, no significance, no enhancement of the surface, no calligraphy.”

~ George Rickey, “Creation of a Square” George Rickey: Skulpturen, Material, Technik, Amerika
Haus, Berlin 1979 pdf

“In art discovery is not enough. Pioneering in a new idiom, with new material, even with a new aesthetic (or a non-aesthetic) does not make it art, it makes it pioneering.”

~ George Rickey, "The Morphology of Movement" in The Nature and Art of Motion 1965 pdf

“No one taught me to do this. I learned to do it before I was able to analyze the theory.”

~ George Rickey,“Gimbals” in George Rickey: Skulpturen, Material, Technik, Amerika Haus, Berlin 1979 pdf