'The Delight of Movement' at Gallery North

Lin Emery's "Sunflower," a painted alumininum sculpture, is

Lin Emery's "Sunflower," a painted alumininum sculpture, is one of the moving-parts creations in "The Delight of Movement: Six Kinetic Sculptors" exhibit at Setauket's Gallery North through May 31, 2013. (Credit: Gallery North)

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And now for something completely different for Gallery North. Stretching back to cave art, sculptors have attempted to catch our eye by depicting motion. Modern kinetic art traces its roots to American folk art -- from arty weather vanes to wind-up spring-action toys.

Curated by Philip Palmedo, a noted collector of such imaginative creations, "The Delight of Movement: Six Kinetic Sculptors" features assembled abstractions and works of whimsy by Long Island artists Lin Emery, Joseph Esser, Richard Gachot, Anne Lilly, David Smalley and Jeffrey Zachmann.

What does it all mean? Such questions are trivialized in this exhibition, says Palmedo, "by the sheer enjoyment of watching the flowing motions of colorful pieces of metal. . . . Kinetic sculpture," he adds, "grabs our attention and holds on." For more, of course, see the show. But you also can attend Palmedo's art talk at the gallery Sunday afternoon.

WHEN | WHERE Through May 31 at Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket. Art talk: 3 p.m. Sunday. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays

INFO gallerynorth.org, 631-751-2676

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