At the weekend I went to Ikon Gallery to see their current show. The Body Electric is the first retrospective in the UK of the work of animator/filmmaker, painter and sculptor Len Lye. I studied his spectacular animations at University so it was wonderful to see them projected large-scale and others having the opportunity to see them too (I thoroughly recommend you watch Free Radicals above). I first saw Lye’s wacky sculptures when I watched a TV program of Billy Connolly touring New Zealand, and they are also well worth visiting the gallery for. They are weird constructions made from sheet metal, brackets and dangling balls. And then they start to move! They are kinetic sculptures, or ‘tangible motion sculptures’ which literally make the floor shake. It is a show that I have been looking forward to for a long time and it did not disappoint.
The show continues until 13 February. Please note that the gallery is closed over the Christmas holiday. Check the website for opening times.