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It is your last chance to see Kinesthetics: Art Imitating Life, an exhibition of sculptures that echo the movement of natural forms and human experiences with elegant gestures. The group show is currently on view at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through Saturday, April 27.

The exhibition explores the aesthetics of movement and includes kinetic sculptures that move, through mechanisms composed of wires, motors, strings, pulleys, hydraulics, and high tensile fabric. They are alternately powered by hand, plug-in electricity, and solar cells.
"Each artist's sculpture reveals a kind of persona that evolves over time,” said Linda Lauro-Lazin, co-curator and adjunct associate professor, Department of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute. “We as viewers start to assign life-like attributes to the works and they begin to transcend their artificiality."

Participating artists include Alan Rath, Chico MacMurtrie, U-Ram Choe, Casey Curran, Reuben Margolin, Meridith Pingree, Adriana Salazar, Bjorn Schulke, Zimoun, and Pratt alumnus Che-Wei Wang. Some works examine movement in nature by re-animating specimens of plant and animal forms and by tapping into our culture's anxiety about and fascination with technology. Others mimic human creative endeavors such as mark making and sound making and replicate everyday tasks such as tying shoelaces.

Kinesthetics is curated by Linda Lauro-Lazin and Nick Battis, director of exhibitions, Pratt Institute. Click to see the sculptures in action and to hear the curators discuss the exhibition's inception.

Through Saturday, April 27
Monday-Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM; Thursdays, 11 AM-8 PM

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, Second Floor

Text: Amy Aronoff

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