Turn on, Tune in
Today we have a little fun with art you can plug-in, whether it lights up, does a little dance, or something in between.
With the flip of a switch, the stained glass window of Lot 80, Bruce Houston’s Untitled (Diorama of Worshippers) lights up from within. The cheap, prefab school boys stand reverently but not before some ancient sacred relic. No, their reverence is for a much newer holy fetish: a stained glass replica of a Mondrian painting. They worship at the church of the new. And the headless black dress model whom the boys surround? Well, we might guess that’s the closest these feckless lads will be getting to a lady for a long, long time.
Lot 219, Julio Le Parc’s Forme en Contorsion sur Trames Rouges, already looks like it’s moving before you plug it in. But when the aluminum ribbon starts to move, causing the background stripes to undulate and fold into themselves in its metal reflection, that’s when this already vibrant work goes into pop bliss overdrive.
Chuck Prentiss’ classic Kinetic Box, Lot 234, takes a handful of Christmas-style bulbs, and with only smoke and mirrors (okay, no smoke–just rather smokey mirrors) turns them into a hazy infinity of colorful light.
Finally, Lot 235, Reflection II by L. Dworkin, with its twin arcs of wires, fuses, and metal bars, has an industrial-age soaring quality, like wings of a future long past. Tiny industrial lights, despite the 1973 pre-computer technology, are programmed to flash progressively from bottom to top and back again for your own personal light show.
Lot 80 Bruce Houston Untitled (Diorama) c. 1980-95 Mixed media Signed bottom 11.675″ x 11.375″ x 5″ Estimate $500 – 700
Lot 219 Julio Le Parc Forme en Contorsion sur Trames Rouges Editions Denise Rene, Paris 1968 Boxed kinetic multiple with motorized aluminum motif # 57 of 250 Editions Denise Rene label verso 39.5″ x 12″ x 6″ Estimate $4,000 – 6,000
Lot 234 Chuck Prentiss Kinetic Box circa 1969 Stainless steel with lights Estimate $500 – 700
Lot 235 L Dworkin Reflection II 1973 Metal with bulbs AP Signed, titled and dated verso; Note on verso “Repair parts and instructions inside” Box 16″ x 16″ x 9.5″ Estimate $500 – 700