An exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery demonstrates how Lye strove to evoke concrete feelings through fleeting motion.
The Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculpture Pulsing Behind the Olympic Cauldron
The kinetic sculpture behind the Rio 2016 Olympic cauldron is so hypnotic you might not have noticed the flame itself is rather tiny compared to past games.
The Robots Being Built to Cross the US-Mexico Border
“For the last 15 years, I’ve been trying to solve the human,” artist Chico MacMurtrie explained, surrounded by the mechanical beings which he’s animated with metal and air in this quest to give his sculptures life.
A Soviet-Era Kinetic Sculpture Designed to Improve Factory Life
The “Positron” (1976–77) by Latvian artist Valdis Celms operated a bit like a disco ball, flashing various colors of light as the goliath metal orb rotated.
Mechanized Art that Makes a Mop Talk and a Medicine Cabinet Tell Time
Even a plank of wood has kinetic possibilities in the art of Tim Hawkinson.
The Honeybee as Artistic Messenger
In 2013, artist Kelly Heaton had a vision of a magnificent bee appearing in the darkness, illuminated by an iridescent aura.
Kinetic Sculpture that Moves at a Snail-like Pace
PARIS — I particularly admire Pol Bury’s (1922–2005) shimmering, kinetic work when it almost imperceptibly quivers.
The Baroque World of Rubens as a Kinetic Carousel of the Damned
In a colossal carousel of horror, Mat Collishaw and Sebastian Burdon reinterpreted the chaotic violence of Peter Paul Rubens’s “Massacre of the Innocents” paintings as a 3D-printed zoetrope.
Philippe Parreno, Relational Puppetmaster
PARIS — My long encounter with Philippe Parreno’s vast but fey exposition Anywhere, Anywhere, Out Of The World was anything but otherworldly.
Stretching Out Space, Containing Infinity
Once in a while, there’s an exhibition that succinctly presents so many contradictions, it seems that it may overflow from the gallery space, out into the street. That’s the feeling I had after visiting Soto Unearthed at Bosi Contemporary, and I do not mean this in a negative way.
A Kinetic Echo in a Chapel
BERKELEY, California — Remember Ernesto Neto’s jaw-dropping installation “Leviathan Thot,” at the Panthéon in Paris in 2006? As much as I loved “Leviathan Thot” it could have easily been made in the 1970s or 80s. Recently however, I stumbled across another artist in who has made an equally powerful and much more contemporary, albeit more subtle, installation in another French church.
Kinetic Mexico City
MEXICO CITY —Despite its relaxed façade, Mexico City is encircled with a buzz of dynamic activity added to by the bustle of its formidable traffic jams.