In this one-minute film, Lye superimposed the word for ‘peace’ in many different languages over some of his kinetic sculptures, including 1961 (authorised reconstruction)steel, nylon, gold plated copper with motor and altered music box675 x 255 mm dia.
Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Installation view: Starkwhite booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 is a video work made up of many performative actions by the artist, utilising an art material – found clay – and set within an art studio environment.
Lye was also known for his experimental film work where he pioneered direct filmmaking (films made without a camera) by scratching or painting directly onto celluloid film.
This exhibition features the signature Lye film 1950, which was commissioned by the UN to publicise United Nations Day (24th October) and screened worldwide in cinemas and on television.
He was awarded the inaugural Fulbright-Wallace award in 2009 and travelled to the United Sates of America as a visiting Fulbright Scholar in 2010 to take up a three-month artist residency at the Headlands Center of the Arts in San Francisco.
In 2008, he was awarded a three-month residency, at Artspace Sydney.
This painting sits alongside a self-portrait of the artist (complete with artist’s moniker) as played by supermodel Sean O’Pry; Zavros as his best imagined self.
Recent exhibitions include: 17 November –16 December, 2017Increasingly Michael Zavros is turning his gaze inward, to home and self, depicting and documenting the Zavros lifestyle in his work.
The exhibition is produced with the support of the Len Lye Foundation, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.
The Len Lye Foundation will also launch a new book at the opening - edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks, and published by Canterbury University Press.
Each action is based the artist’s own memoray of a work of art, not his own, and one which he has physically encountered.
Each memory of a work is then connected to in a physical manner by the artist and the process of making.