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Video: Underdog, sculpture by Juan Angel Chavez, 2010, 44” x 42” x 24”

May 12, 2011

Video: Underdog, sculpture by Juan Angel Chavez, 2010, 44” x 42” x 24”

Juan Angel Chavez had a kinetic sculpture that was also an assemblage piece in Art Chicago / NEXT 2011.  The shape reminds me of a ship.  This sculpture was being propelled by a small but quiet battery powered fan.  I like this work a lot, mainly because I’m guilty of fanning the Calder mobiles in the MCA to make them move.  It was also really amusing when an older teenager pointed to the work and said to her friend, “Screw the paintings!  I want that.”  There certainly wasn’t anything else like it at the art fair.

Alexander Calder [1898 – 1976] invented kinetic sculpture -being sculpture that moves- including the stabile, and more notably the mobile in 1931, which went onto enjoy myriad forms and widespread cultural popularity.

Calder stabile

Calder mobile


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