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American Visionary Art Museum Announces Kinetic Sculpture Race Date Change

 

Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of http://kineticbaltimore.com

Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of http://kineticbaltimore.com

 

One of the wackiest, fun-filled, free family activities is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 14, starting at 11:00 a.m., at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Totally human powered works of art have been designed to travel on land, through mud, and over Baltimore Harbor waters at the prompting of the AVAM. Those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to join in the madness over the last 14 years have missed a folly -illed afternoon cheering on teams of eccentric artists and lunatic geniuses. They’ve teamed up to craft mobile art machines out of bicycles, gears, old flotation apparatuses and whatever other nonsense they can find in their garages, basements or recycling centers. The devices can be simple, small crafts, piloted by one brave soul, or over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots.

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of  http://kineticbaltimore.com

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of http://kineticbaltimore.com

Pilots (“Kinetinauts”) compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more. The all-day race kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at American Visionary Art Museum.

The museum’s staff worked closely with city officials to secure a new date for its annual competition of human-powered works of art, which has always been dedicated to the delight, communal participation; peace and love of Baltimore. This year’s race will be sporting an “Out of This World” theme in tribute to The Hubble Space Telescope, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at AVAM.

 

For all official Kinetic Sculpture Race updates, follow: KineticBaltimore.com.

http://avam.org/news-and-events/events/kinetic-sculpture-race.shtml

 

 

 

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Friday’s Field Trip: A Day of Play in a Sculpture Garden

After weeks of bad weather, (rain, snow, freezing rain, winter mix, sleet) we finally had a sunny day on Friday. I decided to head over to the Delaware Art Museum, walk their Labyrinth and enjoy their sculpture garden.

Several of the sculptures in the Copeland Sculpture Garden are immensely popular in Wilmington, probably because they are so accessible. The Crying Giant by Tom Otterness is a perfect example. Children love, love, love this piece. They sit on the feet, swing around the legs; make up stories about why the giant is crying, and try to make the giant feel better. That level of interaction between artwork and its audience is hard to find.

Crying Giant Image  by Tom Otterness  Image Copyright Gail A. Sisolak 20123

Trickster Joe Moss, Delaware artist and Newark resident, creates art pieces equally engaging. His sculptures frequently have both a sight and sound component. Orifice II, his bright red disks, is a perfect example. The center directs the viewers gaze to a specific point, while the bowed shapes reflect sound.

Orifice II by Joe Moss Image Copyright 2013 by Gail A. Sisolak

Orifice II by Joe Moss Image Copyright 2013 by Gail A. Sisolak

In these two videos, made by the Delaware Division of the Arts, Moss shares some of his work and his design processes.

My personal favorite is a kinetic sculpture by George Rickey called Three Rectangles Horizontal Jointed Gyratory III. Gyratory? I love new words, so I was immediately intrigued. It only takes a few seconds for the wind to shift and the TRHJG to whirl, creating an entirely new work of art. This would make an ideal gorilla art project. I’d love to sneak in the gardens in the dead of night, and put stickers on the rectangles saying “Oz,” “Narnia” and “Neverland,” and turn the sculpture into a dancing signpost. I’ll have to Photoshop one of my photos some day, since I’d never REALLY destroy another artist’s work.

Three Rectangles Horizontal Jointed Gyratory III by George Rickey  Image Copyright 2013 by Gail A. Sisolak

Three Rectangles Horizontal Jointed Gyratory III by George Rickey Image Copyright 2013 by Gail A. Sisolak

At least I am constant in my affection. I saw Rickey’s Two Red Lines at the Oakland Museum sometime prior to 1973, and it made a lasting impression on me. If fact, it is one of only two pieces I remember seeing.

He’s a video of his work.