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

April 11, 2014

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Filed under: Art,sculpture — Tags: , — paul @ 6:56 am
Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Another giant sculpture from the Gibbs Farm. Anish Kapoor‘s Dismemberment, Site I, is constructed from mild steel tube and tensioned fabric, and measures 85 metres in length, with openings 8 x 25 metres. The second picture also shows Len Lye‘s Wind Wand which extends 45 metres upwards.

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Other posts tagged “Gibbs Farm” here.

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

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)

April 1, 2012

At Rest

Filed under: Art,Black and White — Tags: — paul @ 7:23 am
Universe (Len Lye 1963; Detail)

Universe (Len Lye 1963; Detail)

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Len Lye (1901–1980) was a NZ-born artist who spent most of his life in New York. He is known, among other things for his kinetic sculptures. This is one of my favorites, because of the action and the sound when it is not at rest. You just have to watch the video which I found on youtube (OSMOSIS)! In the present image, I like the simplicity of the lines and the inherent tension.

There is also a brief interview with Len Lye on youtube.

Below is the interpretive text from the Auckland Art Gallery.