Len Lye <em>Fountain III</em> 1976. Stainless steel rods, motor. Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye Fountain III 1976. Stainless steel rods, motor. Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder

25 May 2017

A survey of works by Christchurch-born artist Len Lye at Christchurch Art Gallery from 5 Aug to 26 Nov 2017

As a small boy growing up in Christchurch, Len Lye kicked a kerosene can around the backyard on a sunny day. The flash of light and clap of thunder that came from the empty can would provide inspiration for the rest of his life’s work. This revelatory moment—when surprise gave way to discovery—shaped an artistic career that took him to Samoa, London, New York and Mallorca.

Bursting with irrepressible energy, Len Lye’s sculptures bang, crash, bounce, sway, rotate and swing. The exhibition shows major sculptural works alongside Lye’s films, drawings and paintings.

This exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery is in partnership with the Len Lye Foundation and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth.

Curator: Lara Strongman

 

An exhibition inspired by a flash of light and a thunderclap