<em>Len Lye</em> c.1979. Image courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Len Lye c.1979. Image courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Exhibition

10 Dec 2016 — 26 Mar 2017

Len Lye: Experimental Moves

The pivotal years that saw Len Lye shift his focus from experimental film to tangible motion sculpture

With 'scratch' film, kinetic sculpture and items from the artist’s archive, Experimental Moves revisits the pivotal years when Lye shifted his focus from one medium to the other.

Len Lye: Experimental Moves focuses on the connection between the artist’s pioneering film work and kinetic sculpture of the 1950s and 60s. Lye’s career went through a number of transformations during these years, perhaps none of greater importance than his mid-career shift from experimental cinema to kinetic sculpture. It proved to be an intensely productive period, and within ten years Lye was a leading figure in the Kinetic Art movement.



Experimental Moves examines this shift in focus with a look at these two major bodies of work. The exhibition presents key kinetic sculptures and film, as well as documentary footage, newspaper articles, notes and drawings from the Len Lye Foundation Archive. Much of this material is presented here for the first time, providing an insight into Lye’s philosophy and vision for his kinetic sculptures.

Experimental Moves celebrates the exploratory, experiential dimension of Lye’s practice, and his innovative work with new materials, methods and technologies. The basis of all Lye’s work, whether sculpture or film, painting or drawing, was his dedication to an art of movement.

Curated by Sarah Wall


Ka aropū a Len Lye: Experimental Moves ki ngā hononga o ngā tāreitanga nekeneke, nō ngā tau 1950 me ngā tau 60, ki ngā hanganga kiriata a te kaiwhakairoiro. Huhua noa atu ngā pāhekohekotanga i te ao mahi o Lye i roto i hēnei tau, otino ko tāna tahuti mai i te waihanga kiriata ki ngā tāreitanga nekeneke. Inā te tini o ngā hua i puta, ā, i roto i te ngahuru tau ka whanake ake a Lye hei pūkenga i roto i te tikanga o ngā toi nekeneke.

Ka aromātaihia te tahutitanga i roto o Experimental Moves mā te āta titiro ki ngā whakaputanga toi e rua. Ka whakaaturia ngā tino tāreitanga me ngā tino kiriata, waihoki ko ngā kaponga pakipūmeka, ngā nūpepa, ngā tuhituhinga me ngā tānga nō roto mai i te whare pūranga o Len Lye Foundation. Ko te nuinga o ngā taonga e whakatairangihia ana mō te wā tuatahi me kore noa e kitea te kawa o Lye me hōna whakakitenga mo hāna tāreitanga nekeneke.

Ka whakanuia ngā rangahautanga, te matawhānuitanga o te tikanga o Lye, me tana rāwekeweke i ngā matū, ngā tukanga me ngā hangarau hōu. Ko tōna ngākaunui ki te whakamānawa i te whiri me te raranga i ngā kātū toi te tūāpapa o ngā mahi ā Lye, ahakoa tāreitanga, kiriata, ngā mahi toi ā-ringa rānei.

Kaiwhakarite: Sarah Wall