Festival season is in full swing, and this weekend allows two free opportunities to explore visual art in public places.
Hosted every two years in coastal Boynton Beach, the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is, literally, the most moving art exhibition you’ll encounter. Returning Friday through Sunday for its fourth installment, it features 12 outdoor sculptures that engage the spectator through movement and interaction, whether from solar rays, wind power, water, gravity and human touch. Six of the sculptures were created specifically for this exhibition, and all have an augmented reality component—meaning they come alive even more when viewed through a smartphone or tablet.
Among the innovative and/or whimsical and/or mind-boggling works on display this year: Beju LeJobart’s “Dude à l’eauDudali,” in which a pair of PVC pipe creatures fish from a canoe; Lloyd Goradesky’s “Let Love Guide Your Way”, a mobile cupid’s arrow, just in time for Valentine’s Day; Tom Brewitz’s “Phoenix Rising,” in which three birds gracefully glide toward Heaven; and Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente’s “Noise Tuner,” a colossal and functional musical instrument inspired by the early-20th century Italian futurist Luigi Russolo.
But that’s not all, folks: An indoor portion of the exhibition will be viewable in a tent erected at 114 N. Federal Highway featuring videos, additional artworks and the opportunity to meet artists. This is also the site for this biennial’s environmental education and community initiatives, including Sun Boxes, a solar-powered sound installation; and Kinetic Kanopi, an interactive gathering place created by students, artists and businesses.
Finally, in a tent at Dewey Park (100 N.E. Fourth St.), kinetic artist Elayna Toby Singer will lead “Moving Toward Balance,” an hour-long exploration of song, movement and mindfulness aimed at fostering a more balanced life. These sessions take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 3.
For more information, and a full exhibition and symposium schedule, visit intlkineticartevent.org.
Closer to home for Boca readers, the 33rd-annual Boca Raton Museum Art Festival will span the full breadth of Mizner Park on Saturday and Sunday, exhibiting eclectic work from 200 artists and artisans from across the country. Because it’s a juried art festival with a three-decade pedigree, expect to encounter only the crème de la crème in ceramics, wood, fiber, glass, drawing, painting, jewelry, photography and sculpture. Some 40,000 art collectors and enthusiasts visit the festival each year, and with price points to accommodate all budgets, many leave with masterpieces in hand.
In celebration of the occasion, the Boca Raton Museum of Art will offer free admission during the run of the festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It’s best to arrive as early as possible, because as we all know, parking at Mizner during a big event is always at a premium.