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Liliane Lijn

Liliane Lijn

Liliane Lijn was born in New York and studied archaeology at the Sorbonne and Art History at the Ecole du Louvre, Paris (1958). Living in New York between 1961 and 1963, experimenting with fire and acids and working with light, poetry, movement and liquids, she rapidly established herself as a leading kinetic artist through many international exhibitions.

In 1966 she moved to London. She has featured in numerous group exhibitions in Britain, Europe and Japan, and is represented in important public and private collections in Britain, France, Australia and the United States. In 2005, she was ACE, NASA artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and presently has a residency at Narec: New and Renewable Energy Centre Northumberland UK. Her work is represented by Riflemaker, London.

Liliane Lijn works in a broad range of materials and media, making extensive use of new technologies to create works that view the world as energy. A constant dialogue between opposites, her sculptures use light and motion to transform themselves from solid to void, opaque to transparent, formal to organic.

Get Rid Of Government Time 1962
Text from a poem by Nazli Nour.

"This was one of the first pieces in a series of works with text, which I called Poem Machines, because I made them to give power back to a depleted language. In 1962, I letrasetted words onto the surface of cylinders and cones, then fixed them to motorized turntables and made them spin at different speeds. I wanted the word to be seen in movement, dissolving into a pure vibration until it became the energy of sound. The word accelerated loses its identity and becomes a pattern pregnant with energy. It is pregnant with the energy of its potential meaning should it once again become a word." - Liliane Lijn

On loan from Private Collection.