Featured Artists

During the Art of Sustainability people are encouraged to take a quiet stroll and observe the gentle movements created by large kinetic sculptures that are on display from these internationally renowned artists:

  • Kevin Duval
  • Tom Brewitz
  • John Weber

Kinetic art is work that responds to our environment of wind, water and solar by movement. Kinetic art is mesmerizing and the kinetic art on display as large-scale and fascinating to watch.

This event will see Palm Bay, the second largest city in central Florida, place the arts at the heart of the community in a new and innovative way. It will not be art for art’s sake, rather we will use the arts as catalyst to provoke debate. Presented is an exhibition of large-scale kinetic sculptures – responding to wind, water and solar – provoking debate about those very elements. Exhibiting artists:

Kevin Duval

Wilmington, North Carolina

An Artist Profile

Kevin Duval is a metal artisan living and working in Wilmington, North Carolina. Raised in New England, he was influenced early on by the big, old metalworking machines that sat idle in the back of his aunt’s home. Turning the numerous dials and knobs, he could only imagine what these wondrous machines would do if only they were plugged in. One machine in particular, the metal lathe, still continues to fascinate and inspire him.

Kevin moved to North Carolina in 1998, following high school and entered the work force in Wilmington. For the next decade, he honed his skills as a machinist, welder, and craftsman in various manufacturing facilities in the area. He learned all about the elegant, timeless machines from his childhood, including the lathe. Throughout this period the need to create things, outside the parameters of blueprints, grew inside him. Driven by a curiosity of processes, a love of craftsmanship, and the need to experiment, he began creating mixed media artwork out of everything at his disposal...metals, wood, glass, concrete, ceramics, etc.

Kevin's work has progressed tremendously over the past three years after the decision to be a stay at home father and full time artist. With a focus now on heavier metals, and kinetics, the work has now come full circle and every piece gets its heart (fluid motion and rotation) from Kevin's beloved lathe.

The following are examples of this artist's work:


Tom Brewitz

Florida

An Artist Profile

Tom Brewitz, artist, sculptor, writer, photographer and designer has an extensive career that spans over 30 years. He is known for his kinetic sculpture with brushed stainless planes that move gracefully, reflecting the surrounding environment that draws the viewers to it. His artwork provides entertainment that is a changing drama of color, shape and whimsy.

Tom continues to create wind-generated outdoor stabiles that utilize the environment to energize motion. Tom’s kinetic artwork awarded him many private and public commissions. In 2008 following his Kinetic artwork Gyra on exhibit in the City of Boynton Beach, Florida’s Avenue of the Arts year long exhibit he was commissioned a kinetic art sculpture called “Circles, Square, Triangles” for permanent placement in City Hall. At the 2010 and 2011 prestigious Art Basel Art Miami Pavilion and ArtPalmBeach Tom’s kinetic artwork was featured at the Karen Lynne Galley in which he is represented.

He reflects on the value of his work, “Art is entertainment in part. The challenge is to create what has never been done before. I chose kinetic sculpture because it has been relatively underutilized. What drew me to motion art is that it stimulates the visual senses more than other disciplines.” Brewitz kinetic sculpture has a calming quality that enhances environment and architecture surroundings with dynamic appeal and charming effects. Brewitz muses, “Generating concepts is the easy part! Implementing them is quite another. I have more ideas than time and many are still unexplored“.

    The following are examples of this artist's work:



John Weber

An Artist Profile

As far back as I can remember, I have enjoyed creating. Now, as an apprentice I have found myself in the shadow of a great artist, Jim LaPaso. My daily work is building stainless steel kinetic sculpture. Through the influence of my mentor I have been introduced into the life of art and a world of possibilities. — John Weber

John has been working with stainless steel since 2006 and building his own sculpture for a short time longer. His sculpture is all recycled stainless steel and spans many different styles, from organic to industrial. The final piece of art is usually the result of 2 or 3 evolutions that occur as it is created.

Through his art he has been introduced to new artists, new ideas, friendships, organizations, collaborations, and partnerships. Weber’s strongest motivations come from working with and sharing ideas with other artists, especially those who survive through their art. He feels these influences are the most important for an artist who wants to survive by his or her craft.

His pieces are a direct reflection of his imagination and influenced by the growth and struggles of a young artist. They offer a unique insight into potential since all of the steel was produced with a different intention.

The following are examples of this artist's work: