Norman TUCK was born in 1945 and spent his childhood in Miami Beach. In his undergraduate sculpture done at the University of Florida he placed shiny motorized, undulated aluminum panels behind "windows" of poured translucent polyester resin to create luminescent effects. These pieces from the 1960's were exhibited in The Subterranean Circus, a "head shop" in Gainesville Florida, where they blended with the psychedelic imagery of the period.
Upon graduation in 1967 he moved to New York City where he worked as an automobile mechanic until entering graduate school at Pennsylvania State University in 1972. As a graduate student he began working with rough lumber, electric motors and welded steel to create the large, open kinetic work. These open, linear constructions were influenced by the sophisticated balsa wood structure of the tissue paper model airplanes that he had been making since early childhood.
Norman returned to New York City in 1972 and for the next 15 years he would work odd jobs in the art galleries that were sprouting up in the SOHO section of Lower Manhattan. His art regular installation work at the OK Harris gallery brought him into close contact with the Gallery's director, Ivan Karp, which ultimately lead to Solo Exhibitions at OK Harris in 1974 and 1977.
Norman's work was included in many of group shows during that period and he became one of the "usual suspects" in the
Igallwhere he was fortunate to where he would live and work until moving to San Francisco in 1994. In New York he worked as an art installer and gallery aid at several downtown art galleries. Tuck’s work was shown extensively in New York, with solo exhibitions at the O.K Harris Gallery in 1974 and 1977 and at Art Galaxy in 1984.
In 1986 his work began to be exhibited in interactive science museums, where it has been used to demonstrate the physics of motion and aspects of electricity, sound and magnetism. Between 1991 and 1996 a large retrospective exhibition of Tuck’s work traveled between various art and science venues. Over 80 pieces are currently on display in the collections of science museums, worldwide.
His most recent work harnesses the small amount of electricity that is produced when various metals are submerged in seawater.
M.F.A. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1972
B.F.A. University of Florida, Gainesville, 1967
1978-79 Assistant Professor of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
1982-83 Visiting Director, Fine Arts Gallery, Wake Forest Univ., Winston-Salem, NC.
1986-87 Visiting Professor of Art, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.
2021 The Center for New Music Window Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1999 Art Machines, Science Museum of Minnesota, St Paul, MI.
1998 Art Machines, The Discovery Center of Idaho, Boise, ID.
1996 Art Machines, Inventure Place, Akron, OH.
1994 Art Machines, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.
Art Machines, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ.
1993 Art Machines, Technorama Museum, Winterthur, Switzerland.
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC.
1992 Art Machines, City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC.
SciWorks, Winston-Salem, N.C.
1991 Mindless Mechanisms, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,
1984 Art Galaxy, New York, NY.
1982 Fashion Moda, Bronx, NY.
1978 Fine Arts Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.
1977 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY.
1974 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY.
1972 M.F.A. Exhibition, Penn. State Univ. Gallery, State College, PA.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015-16 MechanixX, Phaeno Museum, Wolfsburg, Germany.
2009 Automatas, Arte y Mechanica, Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.
2008 Phantasie Mechanik, Phaeno Museum, Wolfsburg, Germany.
2000 Small Objects for Light and Sound, Sonoma Mus. of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA.
1999 Fusion: Art and Science, Wake Forest University, Winston- Salem, NC.
1997 Electricity is Your Friend, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Homemade Instrument Day, Lincoln Center, New York, NY.
1996 Natural Phenomena, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
M.I.T. Cambridge, MA.
1995 Sculpture on the Move, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY.
Universe of Meaning, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT.
1993 Experimenta '93, Villa Gualino, Turin, Italy.
1992 Navigation, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.
Centennial Biennial Invitational, O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY.
1991 Art from the Exploratorium, Traveling Exhibition, New York, London, Haifa.
1988 Clockwork, List Visual Art Center, M.I.T. Cambridge, MA.
San Francisco Festival, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
1986 Physics, Piezo Electric Gallery, New York, NY.
Two Person Exhibition, Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY.
1984 Labor Intensive Abstraction, The Clock tower Gallery, New York, NY.
Mechanisms, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY.
The Sound Art Show, The Sculpture Center, New York, NY.
1983 Terminal New York, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NY.
1981 The Monumental Show, Gowanus Memorial Art Yard, Brooklyn, NY.
1979 Sound, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY.
1978 Contemporary Artists Series, Rutgers University Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ.
1973 Sculpture 3, Opening of the World Trade Center, New York, NY.
1966 Group Exhibition, The Subterranean Circus, Gainesville, Fl.