By Roger Horrocks

ISBN-10: 186940422X

ISBN-13: 9781869404222

"One of the main unique artists to have emerged from New Zealand, Len Lye (1901-1980) had a keenness for circulate from an early age. This fascination formed his pressing and pioneering motion pictures and kinetic sculptures and contributed to his striking paintings in portray, images and writing. Lye had a tremendous inspiration -- that move may be the foundation for a very new type of paintings -- and he dedicated a lot of his existence to it. Read more...


'Kinetic artwork is the 1st new class of artwork considering that prehistory', ex-pat New Zealand artist Len Lye boldly claimed in an essay in 1964. What did he suggest via this? and the way does his personal paintings in sculpture Read more...

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Wheels of different sizes made the shapes revolve at various speeds. Since Lye had to stand at the back to turn the handles, he needed to set up a mirror in front to view the results. After spending a great deal of time fine-tuning the results, he came independently to the same conclusion as other early experimenters such as Gabo, that making art of this kind was too difficult without engineering help. 30 Soon he was seized with a new idea – that the medium with the greatest potential to compose motion was film.

The programme was completed by two French avant-garde films, Entr’acte by René Clair from ideas by Francis Picabia, and Images Mobiles – later known as Ballet Mécanique – made by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, with the help of Man Ray. 93 It may seem surprising therefore that there were almost no sequels in Germany. But Eggeling died shortly after the screening, and technical and financial problems had exhausted the other German film-makers. The impact of Sergei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin in the same year redirected the attention of the vanguard film audience to editing and new styles of narrative.

Technological changes such as the coming of sound and improved colour processes opened up exciting possibilities but they also increased the costs and technical complexities so that few artists could afford to make experimental films during the early sound era. In painting and music, the energies of the avant-garde began to ebb as Picasso and Stravinsky led a return to Neo-Classicism, and the idea of an art of movement persisted in only a few corners of the avant-garde. Above all, there were demoralising social changes, starting with the devastating impact of the Great Depression from 1929.

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