Machines and Mechanizations: Explorations in Contemporary Kinetic Sculpture. February 2, 2014 – June 1, 2014. Artists include Kim Bernard, Chris Fitch, David Lang, Erica von Schilgen, and Mark Davis.
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What does it mean for an artist to compose motion the way he or she composes shapes and colors? Movement then becomes an integral part of the design and meaning of a sculpture—demanding a different kind of engagement with the viewer. Machines and Mechanizations showcases contemporary artists working in the realm of kinetic sculpture. Movement, motion, and sound are explored through a variety of motor-driven and hand-powered objects. Artists include Kim Bernard, Chris Fitch, David Lang, Erica von Schilgen, and Mark Davis.
Kinetic sculpture can be defined as any three-dimensional object that incorporates movement or implied motion for its effect. This action can be achieved in a variety of ways: electricity, wind, light, motors, human energy, and manipulation of materials, among other things. Each artist expertly incorporates dynamic motion as a means to elicit surprise, curiosity, and connection with the viewer. The effect of motion is creatively heightened by other artistic elements like color, form, causation, material, and narrative that together engage us in profound ways.
The participatory relationship between kinetic sculpture and the viewer offers a singular opportunity for viewers to engage with the work on an immediate level.
The space is activated and shared. And in many cases, the artwork relies on the observer to activate it, thus eliminating the one-sided nature of engagement and connecting object and viewer in a direct, meaningful way. The necessity of human involvement ensures the work ceases to simply exist—it relies, it invites, it connects.