Saturday, November 26, 2011

Genius: Len Lye's pioneering short films

Len Lye's something of a legend for his 'direct films', created by painting or scratching directly into the film stock. The New Zealander started doing this in the 1930s, producing a pioneering range of shorts that still influence artists and animators. He also created amazing kinetic sculptures, decades ahead of their time.

Much of Len Lye's work is held by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in the New Zealand city of New Plymouth. I was arts reporter for the local paper and used to cover the Len Lye exhibitions when they happened [hence the photo above, from when I still had hair]. As a result, I'm a lifelong fan of what Lye achieved and his maverick spirit. Enjoy!

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