Žilvinas Kempinas – Lithuanian artist (born in Lithuania in 1969), living and working in New York. His artworks are exceptional because he uses unusual materials, such as videotapes and fans to create dynamic exhibits. Ž. Kempinas organizes not so many exhibitions – just a few of them per year. Lithuanian artist work attracted attention and is represented not only in New York city and Vilnius (by Vartai Gallery), but also in Paris (by Yvon Lambert Gallery) and Brazil (by Galeria Leme).
Art critic Ž. Kempinas tries to play with different light, air and even movement so he could create an exceptional artwork. His works include everyday objects and materials. Lithuanian artist is famous for his ability to incorporate unwound videotape in his work. Old videotapes became his signature.
The art of Lithuanian man visually, aurally and physically effects the viewer which can actually cause a confusion. The materials he use give an impression of „moving imagery“.
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Ž. Kempinas began his career as an artist in 2003 when his first exhibition took place in New York, the PSI Contemporary Art Center, along with another exposition in the Spencer Brownstone Gallery. There his works – „Columns“, and „Bike Messenger“ were appreciated by art critics who used the words „hypnotism“ and „dynamism“ while describing these two pieces of Ž. Kempinas art.
His work named „Bike Messenger“ is composed from pictures taken by four cameras attached to his vehicle while spending the time in New York rush-hour.
Talking about Ž. Kempinas artworks, the most impressive thing is that you will always find a contrast there: old videotapes used instead of traditional pencil and paint, create very simple and minimalist forms. Lithuanian artist Ž. Kempinas always plays with light, material and shadows. You can see his work totally different if you look at it from various angles.
According to theculturetrip.com, when asked about his decision to choose old tapes to create an artwork, Ž. Kempinas says that he wanted to transform this boring-looking things into something else, something we can not expect. Seems like his goal is more than reached.