Len Lye <em>No Trouble</em>, installation view Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Sam Hartnett

Len Lye No Trouble, installation view Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Sam Hartnett

Exhibition

9 Feb — 7 Jul 2019

Len Lye: No Trouble

No Trouble demonstrates the range and depth of the Len Lye Foundation collection and archive, showcasing recent acquisitions alongside many rarely exhibited documents and artworks.

This exhibition charts the early years of Lye’s career, observing his childhood in Aotearoa New Zealand and first steps as an artist in Wellington before an offshore departure that took the artist to Australia, Samoa and on to the United Kingdom.

Curated by
Paul Brobbel, Senior Curator/Len Lye Curator
Emma Glucina, Assistant Len Lye Curator (Acting)
Nā Paul Brobbel rāua ko Emma Glucina i takatū

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The title of the exhibition is shared with Lye’s first published piece of writing, a collection of letters penned by Lye and published in London in 1929. No Trouble marked the emergence of Lye as an artist with a broad practice, more than that of the master filmmaker of the 1930s or the kinetic sculptor of the 1960s recognized so well today. These earlier years saw the artist engaged with a practice that ranged across poetry, painting, photography and philosophy.

Kua puta noa atu te rongo o tēnei mātanga ringa toi o te ao nō roto mai i te rau tau 20, waihoki ehara a Len Lye (1901-1980) i te tau hou i tōna whenua tupu, i Aotearoa nei. Ka kitea ngā tīmatanga tau i kuhu ai a Lye ki tōna ao mahi i tēnei whakaaturanga. Ka titiro hoki ki tōna tamarikitanga i Aotearoa nei me ngā tāwhai tuatahi hei ringa toi i Pōneke, i mua i tana pōkai moana ka whiti atu ki Ahitereiria, ki Hāmoa me Peretānia hoki.

Ka tohaina te ingoa o te tuhinga tuatahi a Lye me te whakaaturanga nei, arā, he kohikohinga reta i tuhia e Lye, nāwai rā ka whakaputaina i Rānana i te tau 1929. Nā No Trouble i taki i te ara i puta ai ngā pūkenga toi huhua o Lye, arā, i kitea he pūkenga anō i tua atu i tōna tohungatanga ki te hanga kiriata i ngā tau 1930, i tōna maitai rānei ki te tārei taonga nekeneke i ngā tau 1960 e matatū tonu ai te kaititiro o hēnei rā. Huhua noa atu ngā tikanga toi i whai wheako ai te ringa toi nei, arā, ko ngā mahi ruri, te pani kano, te kapo whakaahua me te rapu whakaaro hoki.

No Trouble hei whakapuaki i tēnei kohikohinga mā te whakatairanga i te hōhonu o ngā taonga i te kohinga taonga a Len Lye Foundation, arā ko te whakairi i ngā tareitanga hōu me hētehi tuhinga, tareitanga huna hoki.