Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Rainbow Dance

Len Lye was an experimental film maker and kinetic artist from New Zealand. From 1926 to 1943, Lye was based in the UK, working for the GPO / Crown Film Unit and making amazing short films like 'Rainbow Dance'.

Painting abstract patterns in incredibly vivid colours directly onto the film, Lye creates a tremendously energetic and visually exciting film packed with some great imagery and a real sense of fun and joie de vivre.

Ridiculously inventive and innovative, Lye's film is particularly brilliant when you realise the prosaic nature of its origins: as an advert to promote the Post Office Savings Bank.

1 comment:

  1. Have never seen this before. Really lovely, its from 1936. Amazing indeed.