Jun 30th 2018

John Poché: Beauty of Kinetic Art

@ Gallery Guichard

436 E 47th St Chicago, IL 60653

Opening Saturday, June 30th, from 12PM - 4PM

On view through Sunday, September 30th

“Kinetic art was created by artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional, static art forms to introduce visual experiences that would engage the audience and profoundly change the course of modern art. –Theo Jansen

John Poché

Kinetic sculpture has always fascinated me. It helps that New Orleans has some wonderful examples for inspiration. When I finally had some success in life I didn’t get a car or a fancy watch but a piece of kinetic sculpture.

My background is in broadcasting and more specifically, software for broadcasters. In both software and sculpture I’m essentially self-taught, but the former offers far more resources to learn. There is no “how to” book on Kinetic Sculpture. Creating kinetic work brings some of the same kinds of complexity to creation that software does – the inner workings are far more involved than people see, but if what they see isn’t beautiful (in either it’s execution or its motion) than all the work under the surface is wasted.

By definition Kinetic Artwork is very broad, encompassing work that’s driven by light, sound, water, magnetism or electricity and using all kinds of materials. My approach is very focused – lightweight, highly polished aluminum triggered exclusively by wind.

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