New York

New York

“Len Lye: Motion Sketch”

Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
April 17–June 8, 2014

Curated by Gregory Burke and Tyler Cann

In films such as Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1940), where drawn and scratched lines undulate in striated verticals and sine-wave-like horizontals to a jaunty jazz sound track, and Free Radicals (1958), in which chalklike inscriptions streak and sway across a pitch-black screen accompanied by African music, New Zealand animator Len Lye used the cinematic apparatus to make static frames (cels) appear to move. In “Motion Sketch,” the Drawing Center will focus on the inverse and much less known aspect of Lye’s production: his hand-drawn images intended to distill the movement of depicted entities on a single page. Alongside an extensive film program, the exhibition will feature work in various media (much of which has never been shown in the US) and will examine the formative role that Lye’s drawing played amid them all.