Art that moves : the work of Len Lye by Roger Horrocks

By Roger Horrocks

"One of the main unique artists to have emerged from New Zealand, Len Lye (1901-1980) had a fondness for flow from an early age. This fascination formed his pressing and pioneering movies and kinetic sculptures and contributed to his striking paintings in portray, images and writing. Lye had a tremendous suggestion -- that stream may be the foundation for a very new type of paintings -- and he dedicated a lot of his lifestyles to it. Read more...

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'Kinetic paintings is the 1st new class of artwork on the grounds that prehistory', ex-pat New Zealand artist Len Lye boldly claimed in an essay in 1964. What did he suggest through this? and the way does his personal paintings in sculpture Read more...

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Herbert), he produced paintings and batiks based on old brain imagery that looked like an unknown form of tribal art. Poets Robert Graves and Laura Riding commissioned a series of them as book covers for their Seizin Press. 36 But they were not based on any ‘system’ of symbolism, and even for the artist they remained ultimately mysterious. Lye knew it was high time he introduced literal movement into his work. To gain access to film equipment, he obtained a part-time job in a London animation company similar to Filmads – the Hopkins and Weir studio, which produced cartoon commercials for beer and toothpaste.

Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling (born in Sweden) started out by making scroll paintings with sequential images, an idea borrowed from the ancient art of China, before moving on to films. Richter made three Rhythm films between 1921 and 1925, later claiming that he had completed an abstract film before Ruttmann. Eggeling made two films, of which only one (Diagonal-Sinfonie) has survived. These film-makers used geometrical forms in a more austere way, and while they produced some wonderful moments, they had not mastered the medium quite as thoroughly as Ruttmann.

73 Gabo’s manifesto was the passionate expression of a concept – kinetic art – but it offered little in the way of practical details. The artist’s one great achievement in putting his theory into practice was Kinetic Construction (Standing Wave), a thin, vertical, metal rod approximately 60 cm in height, attached via springs to an electric motor at its base. When the motor caused it to vibrate, the rod seemed to dissolve into pure energy. 74 Vibration produced the illusion of ‘virtual volume’.

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