Midterm – brainstorming

I decided to make a kinetic sculpture. By definition, kinetic art is an art form, such as an assemblage or sculpture, made up of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or an external stimulus, such as light or air. 

I want to take a painting and transform it into a multilayered kinetic piece. I aim to create a painting that has different shapes and colours, isolate those shapes and attach mechanisms that make them move. The movement will form a different work of art.

For example: taking a painting that looks like this and making it kinetic art. Isolating the pink, black, yellow and background shapes and attaching them to mechanisms that move would transform the image.


or like these!


Perhaps mounting the parts in 3D to something like an iris would enable a rotation movement; if I wanted to go that route. The parts can be cut out using the CNC or laser printer. I am thinking either wood or acrylic can be used. I prefer to go with a more organic feel as opposed to using acrylic. Finding textures and materials that can facilitate that would be ideal.

The structure can be mounted onto a canvas.

Movement: I mentioned that to achieve a circular movement for the shapes I am thinking of using an iris. Having the different shapes mounted on it can work — depending on the complexity of movement I am trying to achieve. Manual or mechanical movement? That I need to determine. Mechanical or sensor activated movement? Or simply a lever that looks like part of the design can be used to initiate movement. Lateral or diagonal movement can work too. Almost like that achieved in a popup book.

Printing the painting in layers like this is an alternative
Printing the painting in layers like this is an alternative

Layered artwork for inspiration. I find these captivating!

3d-paper-art-01  layered art layered_art2 ohhh

53 thoughts on “Midterm – brainstorming”

  1. Beautiful examples!

    I’d think about what you want your cut outs to look like first (start with a few layers of paper by hand) and I think this will allow you to get a feel for the motion. It will also give you an idea for size / composition / etc before you go onto prototyping your mechanisms.

    I’d also think about a rack and pinion and/or crankshaft mechanisms (we will talk about these in class today).

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