Exhibition Archive — 2018
Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling
An Oceanic Feeling challenges the Romantic myth of the ocean as a dark, monstrous void of unknowable depths, populated by alien creatures.
Len Lye: Heaven and Earth
Although well-known for the thrilling and sublime engineering of his kinetic sculpture, Lye’s passion for movement – across a variety of media that included film and painting too – went hand in hand with the seductive energies of the natural world.
Centred around Len Lye’s noise-making kinetic sculpture and a set of audio recordings held in the Len Lye Foundation Archive, Sensory Agents focuses on the role sound plays in Lye’s work, and links Lye to a younger generation of artists who share his interest in the capacity of sound and music to elicit sensory responses.
Projection Series #10: Glitch Envy: Experimental Films by Jodie Mack
One of the numerous filmmakers featuring in our current exhibition Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks (12 May – 22 Jul), Jodie Mack (UK/US) has been at the top of our wish list since the Len Lye Centre opened.
Open Collection #4: Tātai Arorangi/Looking Through the Telescope
Many indigenous cultures connect the formation of galaxies with conception and childbirth. Creation begins in the womb where it is dark and full of potential. When the cycle of life ends, everything returns to the darkness.
Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish
This exhibition follows the artist’s research into the Lingua Ignota, a language invented by 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen during her 39 years at Disibodenberg monastery, Germany. Supposedly received by Hildegard through divine inspiration, the Lingua Ignota is thought to have been a secret language used to increase solidarity amongst Hildegard’s fellow sisters.
Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century
Sculpture, drawings, maquette and historic documentary footage which traces a series of Lye's most ambitious kinetic propositions.
Para Matchitt: Whakapapa IV
In Te Ao Māori the wharenui bridges the earthly and the spiritual through carvings of whakapapa (genealogy) connecting the world of the living with their tūpuna (ancestors) and the realm of the gods.
Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks
This exhibition demonstrates the innovations of filmmakers working beyond the limits of conventional filmmaking, from the modern masterpieces of Len Lye and Oskar Fischinger to the contemporary work of Steve Cossman and Jodie Mack.
Abstractions: Work from the Govett-Brewster Collection
This exhibition focuses on the history and influence of geometric abstraction (particularly from the west coast of the United States) on artists in New Zealand.
Fiona Connor: Object Classrooms
Fiona Connor's exhibition follows the path of abstract painter John McLaughlin's work through galleries, art institutions and conservation departments.
Len Lye: Blade
A long-time favourite returns to the Govett-Brewster in early 2018 in Len Lye’s Blade.