'We might say, speaking in terms of light, color, sounds, atoms, that nothing physical exists in a static state.' - Len Lye
Each artist’s practice is an experimentation and improvisation with materials and movements.
The exploration of energy, rhythm and motion drove Lye’s experimentation over a 60 year career and a diverse range of media. Presenting kinetic sculpture and film from the Len Lye Foundation Collection alongside contemporary kinetic works by a new generation of artists, Set in Motion inspires us to consider the continued resonance of Len Lye’s work in the 21st century.
The four contemporary artists in this exhibition: Rebecca Baumann, Žilvinas Kempinas, Taree Mackenzie and Ross Manning, have important links with Len Lye, from their reuse of everyday technology and materials, to their experiments with movement along with light, colour and sound. The works in this exhibition trigger sensations beyond the visual, generating an energy and rhythm that actively engage viewers’ bodies and senses.
Curator: Sarah Wall
Nā te rangahau a Lye i te ngī, i te manawataki me te rangaranga i tere tonu aia ki tōna whakamātautau neke atu i te onotekau tau te pūkenga me te wānanga ki ngā kauwaka huhua. Ka whakahau a Set in Motion i a tātou ki te aru tonu i te whakarauoratanga o ngā mahi a Len Lye i te rautau 21 nei, me te aha e whakatairangahia ana ngā hanganga ā-ringa me te kiriata anō hoki mai i Len Lye Foundation Collection me ngā kaiwhakairoiro o tēnei uki.
He hononga tō ngā kaiwhakairoiro tokowhā nei, a Rebecca Baumann rātou ko Žilvinas Kempinas, ko Taree Mackenzie, ko Ross Manning ki a Len Lye, arā, ko tā rātou whakarauora anō i ngā hangarau me ngā matū o nāiarangi, me te aha ka whakamātauria e rātou te korikori ngātahi o te tūrama, te kano me te tangi anō hoki. Ka whakahihiri te whakaaturanga nei i ngā haurongo katoa ka pā ki tua o te tirohanga kanohi, me te aha ka hua mai te ngī me te manawataki hei whakawai i te mata me te tinana katoa o te kaimātai ki te mahinga toi.
Kaiwhakarite: Sarah Wall
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.