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Liliane Lijn: Liquid Koan

Liliane Lijn: Liquid Koan

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With Liquid Koan Liliane Lijn has used translucent polyester resin to propose a paradox: layers of colour appear distinct and separate, or merge one into another, depending on the angle at which they are seen. The cone is seen as both solid and fluid within the medium of light.

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Liliane Lijn’s work since the early 1960’s has crossed boundaries between disciplines and embraced an eclectic range of media.  Producing sculpture, books and film, she uses bronze, steel, aluminium, glass, mica, perspex, neon, water, fire and digital media such as video and the internet. In all her work the unifying thread is her interest in the relationship between the material and the immaterial: body / mind, matter / energy, darkness / light.

Conical forms have been part of Lijn’s work since the sixties when she was inspired by the striped cones which act as signals on the roads which crisscross our planet. The cone, as symbol of the ‘sacred mountain’, has been the basic architectural form for places of worship throughout Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Lijn converted cone to Koan, deliberately using the word for Zen Buddhist riddles, which focus the mind on paradox, to point out the paradox at the core of her own works.  She says that cones may also signify “the dream of escaping gravity and the biological necessity of living within its embrace”.  They have formed the core of her kinetic works, dissolving text into lines, light and colour.

With Liquid Koan Liliane Lijn has used translucent polyester resin to propose a paradox: layers of colour appear distinct and separate, or merge one into another, depending on the angle at which they are seen. The cone is seen as both solid and fluid within the medium of light.

Additional Information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 30 cm
Edition Size

30

Materials

Translucent resins

Date

2003

Liliane Lijn is a leading pioneer and exponent of kinetic art who in her work has experimented with light, movement, words, film, liquids and industrial materials.

Recent solo shows include ‘Works: 1961-1969’, RCM Galerie, Paris (2015);’Cosmic Dramas’ (MIMA, Middlesborough, (2012); ‘Light Years at the Soane’ (2011), ‘Stardust’, Riflemaker Gallery, London (2008).

Lijn was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth commission, 2014/2015. Her ‘Light Pyramid’, a new permanent public sculpture in Milton Keynes, was unveiled in June 2012.

Her work is in major collections including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art New York, the New York Public Library, and the British Council and British Museum collections.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see www.lilianelijn.com