Old Genes: Artists reading Len Lye

Len Lye

Kelly Loney; kellyl@govettbrewster.com

from 12/2011

Tyler Cann

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Old Genes: Artists reading Len Lye, presents a fresh look at the importance of Len Lye within contemporary New Zealand art.

Sound, vision and the verbal were frequently intertwined in the work of New Zealand-born artist Len Lye (1901-1980). The new exhibition Old Genes: Artists Reading Len Lye presents a fresh look at Lye as five contemporary New Zealand artists respond to his legacy and the role of language in his work.

Open at the Govett-Brewster from 10 December 2011 to 26 February 2012, the exhibition features Lye’s films, poems and sculptures alongside new works by Phil Dadson, Tessa Laird, Dane Mitchell, and a collaborative piece by Andy Thomson and Daniel von Sturmer.

In a new video work, Dadson contemplates Lye’s Universe and the language of the body, and Laird’s drawings explore Lye’s sketchbook copy of fragments from Sigmund Freud’s Totem and Taboo. Working with a glassblower, Mitchell read some of Lye’s poems into molten glass to create capsules, while Thomson and von Sturmer create a box of colour, language and movement.