His Hungarian-born grandfather, Maurice Ascalon, was a sculptor, silversmith, industrial designer and inventor who founded a metal arts company in Israel in the s, manufacturing decorative liturgical objects, before moving to the United States in the s and settling near Philadelphia. Brad Ascalon credits his family with providing the model he still follows, including respect for traditional materials and product permanence, as well as handcraft skills including metal sculpting, welding, stained glass and mosaic art.
About Sydney Contemporary Starkwhite will present a group show at Sydney Contemporary, from September, featuring the work of pioneer experimental filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye, along with works by contemporary practitioners Rebecca Baumann, Seung Yul Oh and Michael Zavros.
New Zealand born artist Len Lye is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the field of experimental film and kinetic art. Our presentation will focus on his kinetic work with two key sculptures - Rotating Harmonic and Roundhead From one simple steel rod, Lye coxes the fundamental principles of harmonic motions that underlie his work.
Rebecca Baumann explores the relationship between colour, light and time in her work, notably in her ongoing series of automated colour fields. The ACFs consist of grids of split-panel flip clocks, each with the number cards replaced with cards of solid colour.
The result is a vast and affecting and constantly changing field of colour. Like changing numbers on a clock, the cards flip on each clock on the minute on the right hand side and on the hour on the left hand side — revealing the endless combinations of the palette.
Yet while Baumann draws from an understanding of the art historical role of colour, her focus remains a study of how colour elicits emotions. We will present her latest variation, which is also her largest to date. Automated Colour Field Variation 8 measures x x 90 mm, produced as an edition of three.
We will present new works from his Horizontal Loop series where he continues his practice of working the edges, expanding on previous examples and moving away from conventional focus on the canvas.
Suggestive of architectural features such as doorways or the front of a building, there are now are only four elements: Made from cylindrical rods and rectangular sections of timber, these works exist as an outline of form.
Here, the absence becomes content. He also exploits the expressive power of colour in this series. Michael Zavros paints beautiful things beautifully.
Increasingly the artist is turning his gaze inward, to home and self, making work that engages with beauty and the culture of narcissism. The Zavros lifestyle is depicted and documented in his art. He paints what he appears to have become - a poster boy for a life perfected. He lives an outwardly perfect life, perfectly groomed for lifestyle magazines and shared through social media - he has 95, followers on Instagram.
Like advertising, what is being created in a Zavros painting is not so much an object, a type of physical thing, but rather an artificial need or desire. Always fascinated by the interplay of movement and light, this extraordinary artist also expressed himself in photography drawing, painting and poetry.
Growing up in the South Pacific region gave him a different set of interest from modern artists overseas.
For example, he studied Maori and Aboriginal art ad Pacific tapa design. Lye also became a member of the Surrealist group and was included in the famous International Surrealist Exhibition in London in What made him famous, however, were his animated films. His first direct film, A Colour Box won awards ands had screenings all over the world.
From to his death inLye was based in New York where he helped to create an experimental film scene and made some striking new films such as Colour Cry and Free Radicals, but getting his films funded or distributed was such a battle that he turned his attention to the making of kinetic motor driven steel sculpture.
Despite its use of metal and motors, it created a strong sense of physical empathy. From the s, Lye had increasing contacts with New Zealand artists. He made return trips to the country in and he worked with a New Plymouth team lead by John Matthews to build sculptures for display at the Goveett-Brewster Art Gallery.
He was so pleased wth the results that he decided to leave his collection of art to the people of New Zealand to be housed at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery under the supervision of the Len Lye Foundation.
Through the recent creation of an architect-desinged Len Lye Centre, his work is permanently on display in New Plymouth.
Since his death there have been major exhibitions of his work overseas museums such as the Centre Pompidou and the Australian Cetnre of the Moving Image. When a new national art museum for Germany - the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - held its opening exhibition 1nit presented its selection of the hundred most original artists of the 20th century.
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