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"Len Lye: Sculpture, Film, Photogram and Painting"
2002-08-24 until 2002-11-24
City Gallery Wellington, 360-Michael Hirschfeld Gallery
Len Lye is one of New Zealands most celebrated artists, both for his international reputation and for his innovative practice in a variety of media including sculpture, film, photogram and painting. This exhibition, organised in 2001 to mark the centenary of Lyes birth, will provide a rare opportunity to see his enormously popular kinetic sculptures outside of their home at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. The themes which these sculptures bring to life Lyes fascination with movement and light, and his empathy with the rhythms of the body and dance are also fundamental to his work in other media.
Recognised as a pioneer of experimental film-making, Lye began making films in the 1920s not by using a camera, but by scratching directly on to the film stock. His ingenuity with colour printing techniques, stop-frame animation, and synchronisation of visuals to music, result in a frenetic energy of colour, line and movement. City Gallery will add to the original exhibition developed by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales to ensure that Len Lye includes a full range of Lyes work seldom seen outside New Plymouth.
Universe Walk (model)