Two Huge Fans of Kempinas’ Art

[Double O  by Žilvinas Kempinas (2008) video tape, fans, ed. 6/6; Gift- Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund, National Gallery of Victoria, (NGV).]

Žilvinas Kempinas (born in 1969 in Plungė, Lithuania) is an artist living and working in New York City. He completed an MFA at Hunter College, City University of New York, in 2002, after receiving a BFA from Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania, in 1993.

  • Kempinas is best known for kinetic works such as Double O which combine loops of videotape with electric fans, which use the physics of air and motion to create loops of tape which rotate and twist and remain suspended in midair through the force of the fans.
  • In  a constant state of flux, it transforms the physical space and challenges the viewer’s visual and spatial senses. Incorporating readily available, everyday materials, Kempinas harnesses motion in a way that is both beguiling and miraculous.

Kempinas’ first New York shows took place at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in 2003 and Spencer Brownstone Gallery in 2001. He earned international acclaim since then with his entire second show at Spencer Brownstone  (Columns and Bike Messenger) was purchased by The Margulies Collection in 2006 and exhibited during Art Basel Miami Beach that same year.

  • Kempinas is represented in New York City and Paris by Yvon Lambert Gallery in Vilnius by Vartai Gallery; and in Brazil by Galeria Leme.


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