Alphabet Challenge: K – Kinetic Sculptures
2018 alphabet challenge
K – Kinetic Sculptures
Definition of ‘kinetic art’ - art, as sculptural constructions, having movable parts activated by motor, wind, hand pressure, or other direct means and often having additional variable elements, as shifting lights
I have limited my selection to works of fine art, ones by known artists that either belong to museum collections, or to noted museum quality collections of public art. The works are:
1) Two Open Triangles Up Gyratory by George Rickey (Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, University of Michigan)
2) Triple N Gyratory III by Rickey (Toledo Museum of Art sculpture park)
3) 3 Cubes in a 7 Axis Relationship by Philip N. Stewart (University of Michigan Engineering Campus)
4) Four Open Squares Horizontal Gyratory – Tapered by Rickey (sculpture park at Frederik Meijer Gardens)
5) Five Lines Diagonal Jointed II by Rickey (sculpture park at Frederik Meijer Gardens)
6) The Cube "Endover" by Tony Rosenthal (University of Michigan Central Campus)
7) Scarlatti by Mark di Suvero (sculpture park at Frederik Meijer Gardens)
The movements exhibited by the selected works span a wide range. Some works, like ‘Scarlatti’ by Mark di Suvero are ponderous, and move only slightly under the pressure of the wind. ‘Endover’ by Rosenthal moves under the pressure of human hands, though the pressure needed is only slight. Some works are nimble, even acrobatic, transforming shape in an endless dance in response to even a slight breeze. Others fall between these extremes. For each of them, their changing shapes and orientations mean that there is a continuous shifting of reflections from their surfaces and shadows cast by their various parts. In short, they seem alive.
Photos were taken over a span of years, from 2010 to 2018. All were edited or re-edited within the past week for purposes of creating this montage. Both the individual shots and the final montage are copyrighted, with all rights reserved, by Elizabeth Jacob.
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