Lorrie Fredette, Implementation of Adaptation, 2013. Beeswax, tree resin, muslin, brass, nylon line, steel, and wood, 6.08 x 36 x 12 ft.

Zilvinas Kempina

Basel

Museum Tinguely

For an artist’s work to stand out among the sculptures in the Museum Tinguely, a space hyper-charged with multi-sensory stimuli, is almost impossible. Tinguely’s enormous found-metal, kinetic constructions, which boom and bang when activated, are overwhelming in terms of scale, presence, and sound, seemingly subjugating the entire museum. A recent retrospective by Lithuanian-born, New York-based Zilvinas Kempinas, however, demonstrated how awe can be effectively elicited from discreet and modest means. In “Slow Motion,” Kempinas’s kinetic sculptures and installations were placed among existing displays, with only a few works requiring separate spaces of their own…see the entire review in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.

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