Tom Brewitz, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tom Brewitz, artist, sculptor, writer, photographer and designer has an extensive career that spans over 30 years. He is known for his kinetic sculpture with brushed stainless planes that move gracefully, reflecting the surrounding environment that draws the viewers to it. His artwork provides entertainment that is a changing drama of color, shape and whimsy.
Tom continues to create wind-generated outdoor stabiles that utilize the environment to energize it’s motion. Indoors, Brewitz carries through with hanging mobiles and hand generated floor and table-top kinetic stabiles with brushed stainless planes or colorful patterns of shapes moving gracefully, reflecting the surroundings and dazzle the eye.
Tom’s kinetic artwork awarded him many private and public commissions. In 2008 following his Kinetic artwork Gyra on exhibit in the City of Boynton Beach, Florida’s Avenue of the Arts year long exhibit he was commissioned a kinetic art sculpture called “Circles, Square, Triangles” for permanent placement in City Hall. At the 2010 and 2011 prestigious Art Basel Art Miami Pavilion and ArtPalmBeach Tom’s kinetic artwork was featured at the Karen Lynne Galley in which he is represented.
He reflects on the value of his work, “Art is entertainment in part. The challenge is to create what has never been done before. I chose kinetic sculpture because it has been relatively under utilized. What drew me to motion art is that it stimulates the visual senses more than other disciplines.” Brewitz kinetic sculpture has a calming quality that enhances environment and architecture surroundings with dynamic appeal and charming effects. Brewitz muses, “Generating concepts is the easy part! Implementing them is quite another. I have more ideas than time and many are still unexplored.“
As he developed his mastery of kinetic sculpture, Brewitz also paralleled a career in graphic design and photography. His illustration talent allowed Brewitz to create portraits for reproduction, logos and printed media including magazines, promotional material and more recently, book publishing.
Tom’s commitment to the Kinetic Art Selection Committee for the 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium delivers his wealth of kinetic art and other professional expertise to the committee.
Kinetic work has been a source of inspiration and pleasure during my career. My sculptures address nature (wind, light and movement) and are appropriate for outdoor settings: urban, residential and rural. Previous works have been exhibited on streetscape medians, sculpture gardens, and plazas engaging viewers, both pedestrians and auto passengers alike. Kinetic sculptural elements indicate the rotation of the earth, velocity of the wind and mark time.
Wind driven sculpture not only identifies a location but also connects people to weather changes and the active environment. My sculptures have raised curiosity in the community. People want to learn more about them – asking questions such as: Why do they move? What do they mean? I see this as a positive level of engagement, waking people to their immediate environment – making what often goes unnoticed around them become noticed. The world turns and the sun moves across the sky. This is not a simple reality yet it is an everyday occurrence that in our time can be missed. Marking time literally is an exciting challenge.
Tattletoo incorporates mirrors and demonstrates my interest to have the piece go beyond itself reflecting sunlight onto the environment, giving this sculpture an expanded life. Reflected sunlight moves and marks a progression of the day on the surroundings. Manolis integrates a variety of forms that interact with wind in different ways. The red disks spin in opposing directions creating a counterpoint to the vertical rotors that turn in tandem as one unit. Experimenting with different forms as well as the effect of wind and light upon them is an intriguing phenomenon and has been an ongoing exploration in my work.
Chase Pier Model 2012, Paul Daniel
This model has been developed as part of a project with Biohabitats, conservation planners. The combined project of science and art is dedicated to developing a device that filters bay water using the natural resources of wind and plants. Paul designed a wind powered kinetic sculpture that raises water to assist in turning Chase Pier in Baltimore harbor into a functioning wetland.
In the completed full-scale sculpture, spiral pumps will rotate on each side of the pier bringing water to the deck where it will flow into wetland plant beds 300 feet long.
How much water will the sculpture raise? At low tide every revolution of the sail elements raises 168 gallons of bay H2O. At high tide the amount of water doubles!
Chase Pier Model is 1” =1’ scale, 84” wide
New Orleans, LA
Lin Emery, a New Orleans artist, creates kinetic sculptures and audio-kinetic environments. Her first sculpture studies were with Ossip Zadkine in Paris. Returned to New Orleans, she moved from figurative to abstract work, and then to water activated kinetic sculptures and to magnet driven mobiles. Eventually wind became her primary motive power, and continues so today. Her work has been commissioned for public spaces and exhibited in museums throughout the United States, the Far East, and Europe.
After studying with Ossip Zadkine in Paris, the artist returned to New Orleans, and worked figuratively. She was commissioned for over-life-size figures for religious centers. Welding and casting experience and skills followed.
She established a foundry and fabrication studios in New Orleans, where all subsequent work was created. An interest in movement led to kinetic explorations.
The first kinetic sculptures were activated by water; later by magnets; and eventually by air.
My sculpture is kinetic, meaning that it moves. The forms are derived from nature, and I borrow natural forces — wind, water, magnets – to set them in motion. The rhythms are influenced by infinite variables: the points of balance, the normal frequency of each form, the interruption of the counterpoise. I juggle, juxtapose, and adjust, to achieve the dance or pantomime I want. Then the sculpture takes over, and invents a fillip of its own.
aluminum and stainless steel
9’4: x orbit 3’; base 34” diameter x 2”
weight: 100 #
aluminum and stainless steel
14’ x orbit 7’; base 40” diameter x 3”
weight: 175 #
Jeff Kahn was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1954.
In 1971, Jeff began working on Jewelers Row in Philadelphia. By 1973, still working for professional jewelers, he set up his own studio and began designing, producing and selling his own line of custom jewelry.
From 1976 until 1980 he attended Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. While attending art school he continued working with furniture design, jewelry and experimental sculpture.
Kahn’s interest in sculpture led to his experimentation with different mediums including wood, metal, glass and electronics. Over the next few years he worked in machine shops, jewelry shops and furniture manufacturers learning the tools and processes needed to design and make things.
In 1984, he began designing and building computer operated sculptures that would activate up to 5,000 light emitting diodes, thus imparting movement to the sculptures. These pieces were successful and led to the development of more types of kinetic sculptures.
During his career Kahn has continued to progress towards his ultimate goal of creating large kinetic outdoor pieces of sculpture. His present collection of work is titled “Unseen Forces”. Combining all the skills learned as a jeweler, machinist and wood worker these pieces explore a very delicate balance between hard metal, precious wood, tiny sapphire bearing surfaces and imperceptible currents of air to provide an unlimited range of movement and design.
His pieces are exhibited in private collections, corporate settings and museums.
John King (John Boynton King)
John King lives and works on the bank of the North St. Vrain River in Lyons, Colorado and gains much of his artistic vision from interactions with the water and air moving down the river valley. Moving wind sculptures and hanging river stones making their way into trees and the air are major themes in his work.
The artist has been making large kinetic sculptures for public outdoor display for the last 8 years. His fanciful organic/living creatures can be seen on Main Streets and parks throughout Colorado. Boulder, Littleton, Aurora, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Lyons, Pueblo and Greeley have permanent works of John’s. He has most recently exhibited in the Eccentric Gardens Show in Boulder, CO. and is now completing a very large (25′ tall) kinetic work entitled “Rising Dancer” for the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, CO.
John majored in art many years ago at Beloit College in Wisconsin and sold kinetic sculptures at galleries in Chicago and New York in the 1970′s. He is co creator of the Sculpture Trail, an outdoor art walking adventure in Lyons, CO. In his ever enlarging public artworks, he desires to engage the viewer by drawing them into a spatial dance with the creature whose home they are visiting. The mood of his work is most often playful and entertaining.
John King- Statement about the Sculptures
” Silver Glider2″ Silver Glider is part plant, part animal. It flies and searches in the horizontal plane above the heads of the life on the street, soaring above the passersby and even buses in the street. It explores and soars serenely in all winds. A strange and delightful creature living happily amongst us in town.
” Silver Glider 2 “ Powder coated steel, $22,000. Size- 20′h with 3′ diameter base, sculpture flies in a 20′ x 20′ circle, 10′ above the ground. Approx weight 400 lbs.
” Rising Dancer2″ Rising Dancer1 was conceived for a home next to a dance theatre in Pueblo, Co. It exhibits the most complex of dances, swirling horizontally and raising and plunging vertically, all well above the heads of the viewer. This piece engages and plays with the passerby. The viewer approaches the nest of a mythical being.
” Rising Dancer 2″ Powder coated steel, $24,000. Size- 20′h with 3′ diameter base, sculpture flies in a 20′ x 20′ circle, 10′ above the ground. Approx weight 400 lbs.
Both sculptures are available in silver or transparent green.
Base Information- Both sculptures have three legged steel tower bases. Each leg bolts down to a concrete pad with drilled expansion bolts of 1/2″ to 5/8″ diameter. The bolts fit within a 3′ diameter circle. They can be mounted to concrete sidewalk or raised bases.
The towers are narrow (less than a 3′ diameter space) to a height of 10′ above the ground. All the moving parts are above 10′.
David Langley, Fort Pierce, Florida
I lived in Boynton Beach ten years ago but I still have my art studio here so I very much consider myself a local resident. Only about three years ago I started adding kinetic elements into my sculpture so it seemed to be a natural progression and a logical decision to be part of the kinetic art symposium in the city I call home.
I actually began experimenting with kinetic art about twenty years ago when I first learned about Alexander Calder and my clients had several of his mobiles in their home. At that point I played with creating my own mobiles that formed an image when all the pieces were on the same plane. I put kinetic elements aside for awhile as I developed new techniques and mediums. My public art and gallery pieces over the years always had a colorful and popish feel about them but the medium would vary greatly from metal to urethane and fiberglass. My style varied from abstracted realism to super realism, but it wasn’t until about threes years ago did I figure out the type of specific kinetic art I wanted to make and the type of movement that was necessary to complete the artwork and give it wings literally.
Many kinetic artists have a very complicated and mathematical approach like clockwork to their kinetic art and I admire that level of science expressed artistically. I chose to go in the opposite direction and take my cues from nature and borrow from a science that appears to be much simpler but is actually impossible to exactly replicate or mathematically explain. For example, the bumble bee’s ability to fly is mathematically impossible when the surface area of the wings is related to the amount of lift possibly generated to physically lift the weight of the bee, it mathematically should “bee” impossible.
The science of kinetic engineering is and has been and will continue to be influenced by nature and mankind’s need to understand and create. This can only lead to a future of new and exciting breakthroughs in art and science.
My experience working with many of those responsible for bringing this symposium to fruition has been wonderful and inspiring. Both as an artist and as a local spectator, I can only envision that this is the beginning to something new and exciting and just like kinetic itself, ever changing.
Jeffery Laudenslager is well known for creating sculptures that are captivating yet contemplative. He is the recipient of the prestigious Orchid Award for his 34-foot kinetic sculpture Archimage (Master Magician), located in Del Mar and visible from I-5. Like his other kinetic sculptures, it is visually elegant Tai Chi. His vision is “…to provide a visual playground for the viewer. Aesthetics and scale are developed in a dialog between myself as artist and the environment.” His work can be found in public venues and private collections throughout the U.S. and all over the world, including South Korea, Italy and Switzerland.
Name of proposed kinetic sculpture: Basho
Media: stainless steel & titanium
Dimensions: 15’h x 7’w x 7’d
Weight: 200 lbs.
Retail price: $75K.
Matsuo Basho was a Japanese poet of great fame when alive and his poem, ”Old Pond”, is perhaps the most famous HAIKU poem even today. This simple three line, spare poem describes the ordinary while defining the extraordinary:
Fu-ru (old) i-ke (pond) ya,
ka-wa-zu (frog) to-bi-ko-mu (jumping into)
mi-zu (water) no o-to (sound)
Translated by Fumiko Saisho
Jeffery’s descriptive meaning:
“I think of my BASHO in much the same, simple way – three rings, like ripples in a pond, perhaps created by some mythical frog, and the water sound is a silence of gentile breeze. My work leans in the direction of Thai-chi in terms of slow, deliberate motion and harmony. Meditation, contemplation, serenity – these are qualities I attempt to capture in physical form and movement - and hope to offer the viewer.
Ralfonso “Ralf” Gschwend
West Palm Beach, Florida
Ralfonso is an International artist and designer of environmentally interactive, kinetic, light and sound sculptures (sculptures that interact with the environment such as wind, water, etc.) since 1980. Since 1999 he specializes in the design and execution of large to monumental kinetic and light sculptures for public places from his studios in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA and Geneva, Switzerland.
His passion in life is Kinetic Art for Public Places. With this passion, as president from its inception, he co-founded the Kinetic Art Organization (KAO) www.kinetic-art.org in 2001 with a German and a US fellow Kinetic Artist. Now, with more then 1,000 members in over 60 Countries around the world, KAO has become the largest kinetic art organization in the world. KAO is an affiliate sculpture group of ISC.
All of Ralfonso’s kinetic sculptures move, as they interact with water, wind and electricity, as well as with the natural environment and most importantly, the viewer. His sculpture designs range in size from 2ft. to 60ft. Ralfonso’s sculptures have been exhibited or installed in Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, China, Germany, United Arab Emirates and the USA.
Recent Exhibitions include: “Art in Motion”, Netherlands; “Ralfonso Kinetic Art”, St. Petersburg, Russia; “MomentuM”, Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, USA; “The Art and Science Biennale” both in Beijing and Shanghai, “Finalist of the Cultural Olympics”, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland; “Sculpture in Motion”, Atlanta, USA; Changchun International Sculpture Conference, China; Inaugural Exhibition at Cuadro Gallery in Dubai, UAE, etc.
As co-founder and member of the 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium and Kinetic Art Selection Committee, Ralfonso is passionate and committed to the international field of Kinetic Art.
Rein Triefeldt’s environmental kinetic sculptures have been exhibited internationally for more than twenty years. Exhibitions of his work have been seen in Asia, Europe, and South America as well as the United States. Cirque du Soleil International, Art Integration Programs hosted a world tour of his prints and bronze kinetic sculptures.
Triefeldt has received many commissions for his work, which make a powerful environmental statement. “Condor del Sol”, a solar humanitarian earth art project in Ecuador to supply water and power to a mountain village, “ Solar Tree” projects in Hillsborough, CA and Princeton, NJ; “Solar Butterfly” in Sunny Isle, FL and a solar kinetic art project at the Dutch Biennale in the Netherlands are but a few of these projects. One of the founders of the Kinetic Art Organization and Founder of the Solar Tree Foundation, Triefeldt has received several awards for his work.
For more than a decade, Rein has been creating sculptures that produce energy from the sun and are scaled to provide the power for homes, museums, sculpture parks, arboretums, vineyards and public places. His work blends a commitment to traditional sculptural elements and materials with a dedication to 21st century solar technology, allowing every project to reflect its own unique sense of character.
Renowned for his bronze kinetic “Flyers” (of heroic man defying space and gravity), Triefeldt is also dedicated to conserving nature. It’s strongly reflected in his early “Condor’s Nest”, “Whale” and “Solar Butterfly”. The Miami Harold called the
Solar Butterfly “Sublime” and in 2009 a larger optically kinetic Butterfly was commissioned for Senator Gwen Margolias Park, Sunny Isles Beach, FL.
Currently, Rein Triefeldt is developing Solar Scuptures which are able to offset the energy used by a home, business or a municipality. All of Rein Triefeldt’s solar and kinetic sculptures are unique, original and hand made by him.
“Cirque de la Lune” series
Innovative solar and kinetic sculptor Rein Triefeldt’s “Cirque de la Lune” series was inspired by the daring flights and humor of Cirque du Soleil acrobates and athletes. “Our kinship is about motion, perfect balance and fun” enthuses the New Jersey artist, and proves it with his animated bronze acrobats and magical moons. Enhanced by colorful patinas, all soar and dive – in the wind and some at the touch of a hand.
Auguring success for his series – at the 1998 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation benefit gala at the Ritz Carlton, Treifeldt’s kinetic “Le Baron” was auctioned for $17,000 to Alan Meltzer, CEO of a Washington, DC insurance and financial services company.
He is a passionate and generous benefactor of JDF. Co-chairs of the event were Vice President Al Gore and Tipper and Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., Raymond Chrétien and his wife Kay.
The wind “Le Baron” is inspired by an early Cirque du Soleil character the Baron in Saltimbanco. He is ageless, timeless and recounts fascinating tales of the past. The Baron is a dramatic figure in his top hat. The Baron thinks he is the ring master but
has no authority, he is the king of fool. In the end when he tears off his cape, he reveals another side of his character – most carefree, the Baron loves to party with the Baroques. Cirque du Soleil International, Art Integration Program hosted a world tour of Triefeldt’s prints and bronze kinetic sculptures, which toured with Saltimbanco.
The soaring Triefeldt “Flyer” sculpture was sparked by diving athletes and a version was featured at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, An Estonian folk tale about the sun and moon, who fall in love but never meeting gave raise to “Sun and Moon”
Boynton Beach, FL
Sarah began her art career in Chicago where she worked as a video artist through the Metropolitan High School, an experimental educational program that utilized the entire city as the classroom. Here she was able to work in labs at both the Art institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois, introducing her to the field of electronics.
Further exposure to the many facets of electronic art led her to the Photo-Electric Arts Department of Ontario College of Art, where she graduated in 1980 with honors.
Her early work featured micro-computer installations, constructed with self-designed discrete electronics that demonstrated the extension of our perceptual world through this new technology.
Examples of her work at this period of her career included:
“Sound Maps”, a computer installation that monitored the gallery exhibit space for sound and mapped the real-time graphical display of these readings on the computer. The program demonstrated the recursive nature of the feedback loop as it plotted the sound map.
“Task Master”, a computer workstation installation using speech technology to interact with the audience to perform mundane data entry. The program would at first complement the user on their typing skills, but quickly would become impatient with typing mistakes and begin to berate them. This piece was selected to tour in France with the Photo Electric Exposition and was translated into French.
“Random Poems”, computer print outs published in the RamPike art journal. She programmed a computer to generate poetry from randomly selected words out of the Webster’s Dictionary where each copy of the art journal had a unique poem.
After moving to Florida in 1986, Sarah’s art career took a turn as she worked as a computer software developer while raising her three children. She remained active in the art, dance and music community, both as a bass player, recording several CDs with the Our Music label, and as a hula and belly dancer, performing with the Navel Academy dance troupe at programs and festivals. She also contributed to the public schools as a volunteer, most notably, Northboro Montessori School, where she served as PTA president.
In 2009, she became a founding member of LAMP (Living Arts Meta Programs), Inc., a Florida Non-Profit organization providing educational programs integrating art, science, and humanities promoting sustainability through community-based outreach programs.
LAMP, Inc. sponsored program activities to date include exhibits, demonstrations and educational workshops presented to the public and students on such topics as alternative energy, solar cookers, sustainable gardening, invasive species and urban foraging.
Returning to her roots in electronic art, she now explores how to incorporate alternative energy systems, such as solar in her work to raise awareness for sustainable living.
Recent works include:
“Four Directions”, a solar-powered water fountain illustrating the Native American spiritual practice of calling to the four directions and the four elements, earth, air, fire and water.
“GMO Sprouts”, a constructed light box with black light and living mung bean sprouts sprouted in quinine water, demonstrating environmental concerns introduced with GMO (genetically modified organisms)