ARTISTS ROOMS at MIMA
30 Nov 2012 - 28 Feb 2013
brings together, for the first time, three important installations by Liliane Lijn. Using a broad range of materials, media and new technologies, Lijn entwines ancient mythologies with science-fiction in these key works, created in the 1980's. Between sculpture and theatre, the Lady of the Wild Things, Woman of War, The Bride
and The Electric Bride
are the result of a decade of research for a new feminine ikon. The exhibition also features studies and drawings from the artist's archive.
is accompanied by a new monograph published by mima and designed by Richard Wilding. The publication includes conversations between Lijn and Althea Greenan, Curator
The Women's Art Library and Lijn and Guy Brett in an extract from Lijn - Brett: An E-mail Dialogue
, accompanied by drawings and excerpts from the artistís notebooks. Lijn's early kinetic poetry works were most recently featured in Ecstatic Alphabets at MoMA, New York. Her most recent exhibition at Riflemaker was the NASA-inspired Stardust
For the first time in history, stardust, particles of comets and burned out
stars, have been brought to our planet from beyond Mars. An installation by
American artist, Liliane Lijn which acts as a metaphor for this groundbreaking
NASA mission, presents interstellar dust as cosmic ruins.
Lijn (b. New York 1939), who hung out with the Surrealists in the late 50s,
took part in the first art 'happenings' in the 60s and modelled for Issey Miyake
in the 80s is recognised as an early pioneer of art and science. In 2005, she
was awarded an ACE International Fellowship co-funded by NASA and the Leonardo
Network to become the first artist in Residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory,
University of California, Berkeley.
Lijn's exploration of Aerogel, her creation of heavenly fragments consisting
of whole and fragmented forms made from silicon-based Aerogel, the untouchable,
ephemeral substance used by the NASA Stardust Project as the collector of interstellar
dust, will be exhibited in Stardust, a glowing large-scale installation in
the former gunmaker's workshop at Riflemaker.
The exhibition follows on from the artist's 2005 residency at the Space Sciences
Laboratory, and is a collaborative dialogue with the revolutionary NASA funded
Stardust Mission. Since her 3 month residency at SSL, Lijn has worked with
the assistance of NASA scientists to transform the porous, sponge-like material
using moulded conical and cylindrical forms. Also at the Space Science Lab,
Lijn met and videotaped Dr Andrew Westphal at work with his assistant on the
Aerogel slices only just returned from outerspace. Under their microscope,
she noticed its 3D lattice structure and the conical impact craters of the
stardust particles, which were reminiscent of many of the kinetic cone works
for which she became famous in the 1960s.
Lijn takes inspiration from science, oriental and western philosophies and
archetypal images of mythology. She says: 'I often make use of new technologies
to create works that represent the world as energy. A constant dialogue between
opposites, my sculptures use light and motion to transform themselves from
solid to void, opaque to transparent, formal to organic.'
Stardust combines Lijn's use of a new futuristic material developed for space
exploration with the artist's vision of stardust as crumbling ancient cosmic
ruins. Concurrently Lijnís films and documentary performance and interview
footage, spanning her career from the late 50s to the present day, will be
shown at Riflemaker on Beak Street including interviews with Dr Stephen Jones
from the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (Pasadena) and Dr Andrew Westphal from
the Space Sciences Laboratory (California).
The exhibition also coincides with Centrifugal: Liliane Lijn and Annabelle
Moreau at the Royal Academy Gallery (New River Avenue, opposite Church Lane,
N8) from 21 March to 4 May. This collaborative exhibition continues the gallery's
programme of showing the complementary work of two artists of different generations.
In this case, both artists are interested in the mechanics of the physical
Since her residency, Lijn has also worked in collaboration with astrophysicist
John Vallerga at the Space Sciences Laboratory to develop a large solar land-art
work, Solar Hills that will define the horizon with pinpoints of light
Liliane Lijn studied archaeology at the Sorbonne and art history at the École
du Louvre, Paris (1958). She became an artist in residence in a plastics factory,
experimenting with fire and acids and working with light, poetry, movement
and liquids between 1961 and 1963, rapidly establishing herself as a leading
kinetic artist through many international exhibitions.
For further information on the Stardust mission visit http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html
LILIANE LIJN IS ALSO IN THE CURRENT EXHIBITION AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY CONTEMPORARY
SPACE WITH ANNABELLE MOREAU UNTIL 11 MAY.
RA SPACE: New River Village, London N8 Ė Walk from Crouch End, or Turnpike
Lane underground. www.raschoolsgallery.com
"The Stardust Project''
(d.Liliane Lijn, November 2007, 12 minutes)
Liliane Lijn talks to Andrew Westphal, Director of the Stardust Project, at
the Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley about capturing the dust of comets
and stars and how her new work relates to his project.
Watch "The Stardust
"What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?"
(d. Liliane Lijn 1973, 14 minutes)
The film documents Lijn's continuing interest in cones, from 1964 to 1972.
The title is taken from a Japanese koan, a Zen meditation riddle given to novice
Buddhist monks as a tool to quieten the mind. As the title suggests, Lijn's
koans attempt to dissolve matter and empty the mind
Lijn's "What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?" video