Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

February 18, 2014

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Filed under: Art,Mangere,sculpture — Tags: — paul @ 8:14 am
Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

The Mangere Art Centre (Ngā Tohu o Uenuku) is currently hosting an exhibition of work by the pioneering kinetic artist Len Lye (1901-1980). Entitled “Agiagiā” (a Samoan word expressing the notion of ‘natural billowing movement’), the intimate show displays some of the experimental movies of the artist, as well as diaries, and most strikingly this piece, a 2001 reconstruction of the original: a bunch of steel rods, beautifully illuminated, serene when undisturbed. But then the sculpture will come to life, moving just a couple of centimetres to and fro from side to side, the rods swaying gently. Then faster and faster, developing into a frenzied dervish’s dance which after a while will slow down again and come to rest.

The exhibition finishes on March 16.

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)