The art moves. Yes, it’s always moving, but this is moving, thanks to the spellbinding effects of kinetic art.
Trinidadian kinetic artist Guy Beckles says, “The very essence of kinetic art is in the motion, the movement, the change in form, the introduction of nuance, the changing perspective and the changing landscape, that captures the viewer and provides a transformative experience.”
Beckles has co-ordinated a kinetic art exhibition titled Symphonic Synchrony — Two Heads are Better Than One, running 4–30 November at the Central Bank Museum of Trinidad & Tobago in the heart of the capital city, Port of Spain.
Visualise 27 of the islands’ renowned and emerging artists including Carlisle Harris, Ken Crichlow, James Armstrong, Peter Minshall, Jackie Hinkson, Wendy Nanan, Gillian Bishop, Glen Roopchand, David Boothman and Sarah Beckett presenting their unique styles at the free exhibition, filled with a series of motion-activated canvases revolving before you.
According to Beckles, as the canvas turns, the images and forms that have been applied begin to fragment then disappear, and new images emerge and synchronise as the canvas continues to revolve.
If you’d like to learn the basics of how this “magic” occurs, a free workshop will be available to the public for a hands-on experience.