Colour Box

Colour Box
Len Lye
3'44'' drawing cameraless colour
1935 | UK
Punto y Raya Junior 2012

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The shapes in this film dance a lot because they're painted directly on the celluloid. It was made without using any cameras or computers. It's a magical technique, because it allows you to blow up a small gesture onto a big screen, and to work with the light besides shapes and colors.

Len Lye created this film for the GPO (British General Post Office) as an advertizing; and it might well be the most experimental in history!


Author
Len Lye
Len Lye

1901 | Christchurch, New Zealand  / +1980 USA


Lye began making his incredible experimental films like "Tusalava" in London in 1926, as well as commissioned works for the British General Post Office.
He continuously experimented with the possibilities of the direct·on·film technique and in various works he used a range of dyes, stencils, air-brushes, felt tip pens, stamps, combs and surgical instruments to create images and textures on celluloid.
He died in 1980 in Rhode Island, USA.