Fran Bull: Carborundum Prints
Anne Lilly: Kinetic Sculptures
University of Massachusetts Lowell
McGauvran Student Center
71 Wilder Street
January 22 through February 15
At its core, visual art is about examining ideas, form, motion, energy and time,
expressed by the artist as an esthetic discourse on life’s integral, perplexing
realities. Fran Bull and Anne Lilly, two accomplished, contemporary artists whose
work illuminates the beauty in motion and energy, are perfectly matched in the
University Gallery’s first exhibition of 2013.
Michele Gagnon, the University of Massachusetts
Lowell Art Department’s gallery coordinator, said
Bull’s prints of improvisational abstractions of
energetic lines will grace its walls, dancing in
concert with Lilly’s free-standing, hand-activated
kinetic works of fluid movements; together they
make a dynamic pairing, illustrating the show’s
common theme of motion and energy.
Anne Lilly is an award-winning sculptor exhibited
nationally whose work is collected by prestigious
New England art museums and bought by corporate
clients. Her surprisingly intriguing kinetic, stainless
steel sculptures, made of rods varying in length and
diameter, are set at an angle to a rotating base.
When gently nudged, they blossom into beguilingly
organic movements; these rods dip, rise, spin and
whirl forward and away in counter-opposition to each other, delivering a pirouette of overlapping
shapes. This carefully choreographed display of
geometric shapes, appearing, disappearing, then reemerging
as rods, cylinders, gear works and circular
plates, mesmerize as they move in unison through
their carefully designed and timed cycles.
One becomes keenly enthralled, seeing volumes and
shapes inscribed in thin air by interlocking, moving
parts as time, gravity and Lilly’s meticulous vision
merge. These kinetic sculptures in repose are just as
awe-inspiring to look at. Viewers’ interaction to her
kinetic work is crucial, thus the moving parts must
be activated by the viewer’s gentle tap, inducing
the sculptures to unfold with delightful complexity.