Kinetic Art

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Kinetic Art
Kinetic art: the art of motion. Kinetic art contains a/or several moving parts and depends on motion for its effect. The motion of the art work can be provided in virtually any way. It can be powered by natures elements; wind, wave power from water, or heat from a fire; It can also be powered mechanically through electricity, steam, clockwork using earths natural phenomena’s , gravity, motors, or even through the observer such as cranking a handle, or giving a push. (Kinetic)

What does Kinetic mean? Kinetic is a word for energy that comes from motion. Therefore, if someone stated that there was kinetic energy coming from an object, it would mean that the object was in motion. From that definition it is safe to say that kinetic art is moving art. Now don’t mix the thought that kinetic art must always being a physical moving piece. Kinetic art can also be expressed not only through sculpture, but also through drawings, and light. If that drawing you are observing appears to be moving then it is also a form of kinetic art.

Kinetic art is so diverse in fact, that you can include almost any form of art into it. Take for example, drawings, Kinetic drawings are usually critical in their stability, but they are always eager to find a more stable position through gravity; 3D drawings are often like this. (Kinetic) You are observing potential motion of the 3D drawing through your observation of the existence of gravity. Meaning, because you know and believe the concept of gravity you apply it to everything you see, consciously or unconsciously, therefore when you see a drawing/ photo, your mind applies that law of gravity and you, the observer can see potential movement, making it a kinetic drawing. This concept also works when you see an art piece that contains an illusion. You know, logically, that the objects on that drawing, painting, photo, etc. Are not physically moving, but your mind applies laws and concepts, that you’ve learned, to the art (unconsciously) and creates movement.

Kinetic art in the form of light is vast with its illusions. Many artists who damper in kinetic art with the use of color and light, love to play with illusion. Light, natural or man made can create movement just by playing with the use of shadows, foreground and background. In an art sculpture you can see a dark colored square closer to you than a light colored square. However, because the brain is programmed to see light colors closer our minds will try to pull the light colored square forward even though the dark square is technically in front. Now your brain will be arguing against itself, between what is and what it wants. You know the dark square is logically closer, but you want the light square to be in front. This illusion of light with color is a good example of kinetic art.

Op art, art with light that flickers, can be a form of kinetic art. (Kinetic) Strobe lights are a great form of op art. The flickering extreme that strobe lights put off, create the sense of great movement from even the slightest bit. Another example is modern day house décor. There is a shade that covers a light, and to the unaware observer, the light appears to be a candle. This is only possible due to the flickering of the light.

Due to the many examples, it can be clearly stated the movement from the artwork in which to classify it as, kinetic art can be real or imagined. It is also easy to see how, due to the variety of Kinetic art, it can clearly merge with several other types of art, including performance art, computer generated art, mixed media and installation art, even furniture in your every day house hold. (Kinetic)

There are many different pieces of art work that I found but here are a few of my favorites. I’ll start off with the sculpture section; One of the most interesting artists I found, or at least the one with the most interesting pieces, is Ralfonso Gschwend. Ralfonso is a Swiss kinetic sculptor born April 29, 1959. He is a...
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