In this one-minute film, Lye superimposed the word for ‘peace’ in many different languages over some of his kinetic sculptures, including 1961 (authorised reconstruction)steel, nylon, gold plated copper with motor and altered music box675 x 255 mm dia.
As writer Laurence Simmons says: “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.”Viewed collectively melded fact and fiction.
Whether by design or fate Zavros’s own (brief) history has become the stuff of fictionalised legend - that he paints only in suits, that he lives a life of unrestrained glamour, that his Instagram depicts his best life.
This painting sits alongside a self-portrait of the artist (complete with artist’s moniker) as played by supermodel Sean O’Pry; Zavros as his best imagined self.
In we see a stylish arrangement of two beautiful things - an ionic column juxtaposed with a famous koru painting by Gordon Walters.
Lye was also known for his experimental film work where he pioneered direct filmmaking (films made without a camera) by scratching or painting directly onto celluloid film.
This exhibition features the signature Lye film 1950, which was commissioned by the UN to publicise United Nations Day (24th October) and screened worldwide in cinemas and on television.
Is it a creature of mythical elusiveness or the artist himself? They also present as a continuation of his exploration of beauty as a power, a contemporary currency revered above all else.
BIOBorn in Brisbane in 1974, Michael Zavros is a leading Australian artist.
The exhibition is produced with the support of the Len Lye Foundation, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.