Zilvinas Kempinas, Residency January to June 2008
Zilvinas Kempinas was born in Lithuania in 1969, and lives and works in New York.
Zilvinas Kempinas is interested in kinetic art, experimenting with the possibilities of movement in the work of art.
In his installations, Kempinas uses industrial fans whose breath causes one or more loops of magnetic tape to float in space, creating random shapes. Here, videotape is diverted from its usual use, used as a sculpted material whose physical properties are revealed: lightness, mobility and transparency. Zilvinas Kempinas also plays on the graphic qualities of magnetic tape inherent in its color and texture, reflecting the slightest source of light.
Zilvinas Kempinas' installations totally occupy the exhibition space, transforming it into a space in motion, creating a mysterious, poetic universe in which the viewer evolves.
He has had several solo exhibitions, notably at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, and at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York. He has taken part in numerous group shows, notably in France at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2006), at the FRAC Languedoc Roussillon in Montpellier (2007 - Voyage Intérieur), and at the CRAC - Centre d'Art contemporain de Sète (2006). In 2007, he exhibited at the Florida Museum of Contemporary Art in Tampa. In 2008, he exhibited at Grand café, Centre d'art contemporain de Saint-Nazaire and Galerie des Franciscains, SFMoMA in San Francisco, Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria.
Photos: Zilvinas Kempinas, Guillaume Blanc, DR.