Zilvinas Kempinas (Lithuania, 1969), is a New York-based artista, who uses nontraditional materials in his sculpture and installations in order to address the physical experience of viewing work within an architectural setting.
Unwound magnetic tape is Kempinas’ signature material. The use of this tape creates sculptural and kinetic pieces, and allows the viewer to contemplate volumes as well as their own perception of the body in relation to the installation. The tapes, moving in accordance to their environment, transform the architectural space through a repetitive element that creates an almost hypnotic sense of movement. Kempinas works to create a physical, visual, and aural experience.
Kempinas exhibits mostly in France, but his works have been exhibited around the world such as at the the Kunsthalle, Vienna, and the MoMa, New York. He won the Calder Prize in 2007, represented Lithuania at the Venice Biennale in 2009, and had a retrospective during Basel at the Tingely Museum in 2013. His works are part of collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, or the MUDAM, Luxembourg, to name just a few.
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