While I was in Auckland last week I went & visited the Auckland City Art Gallery, primarily to see Lisa Reihanas new work In Pursuit of Venus [infected] and although it had been described to me, experiencing it was totally entrancing!
Theres a video excerpt (from the multi screen installation) at the website here and more info about the project, which is described as “a moving image interpretation of the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique” – its free to see it at the City Gallery (on the second floor) so don’t miss it before it finishes on August 30th!
Apart from checking out it and some other great works, my visit also coincided with the release of a new book: Zizz!
“Roger Horrocks was Len Lye’s assistant in New York during 1980, the last year of the expatriate New Zealand artist and filmmaker’s life….
Len Lye was startlingly original and endlessly inventive. Scottish poet Alastair Reid called the New Zealand-born filmmaker, kinetic sculptor, painter, and poet “the least boring person who ever existed.” Today Lye’s work is held in major galleries around the world. In this captivating book Lye’s biographer, Roger Horrocks, weaves the artist’s writings into a memoir of his fascinating life. Lye spent much of his life creating innovative art around the world, including New Zealand, London, New York, and Puerto Rico. Anyone interested in modern art and artists of the 20th century will be fascinated by these insights into Lye’s mind and art, which are enriched throughout the book with visually striking illustrations that capture the essence of Lye’s work.