Liliane Lijn - The Dance
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Proposed Materials: Brushed anodised aluminium
Rather than one imposing sculptural object, Liliane Lijn’s proposal The Dance features the complex changing relation between two apparently identical objects. The cone is a ubiquitous abstract form that occurs in mathematical, mythical and astronomical systems. Here the cones also relate to the spire of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, while their gleaming metallic surfaces recall the machinery of space travel. Once The Dance begins, formal geometry gives way to sensual movement and we become mesmerised by the energy of the interaction.
The shifting shapes and interactions of The Dance are an extension of Lijn’s interest in combining energy and matter, language and light. Her small and large-scale kinetic installations often use technologies such as laser cutting, programmable electronics and aerogel, a material used by NASA to capture stardust. Lijn’s Poemcons and Poem Machines, rotating cones and drums bearing evocative words and phrases, offer tantalising fragments of meaning and insight, while ultimately falling apart in the mind.
Liliane Lijn was born 1939 in New York. She lives and works in London.