See Thru Koan

1969

Liliane Lijn
American-born artist Liliane Lijn has been producing engaging technological work for almost 60 years. Lijn’s practice explores a wide range of concerns from science and technology and its relationship with light, to female mythology. The Arts Council Collection purchased See Thru Koan in 1974. The motorised cone is made of white fibreglass that intersects by 5 elliptical layers of acrylic of varied sizes. Since the cone turns and the viewer remains static, the viewer is given information in a continuous flow, unlike an object around which the viewer would have to walk. Lijn stated that in making the oscillating koan works she was interested in ‘the moment of awareness’ and that she tries to make work that will ‘allow people to still their minds and look at things with a different eye.’ See Thru Koan explores the multi-layered relationship between emptiness, the material and immaterial.
  • Artwork Details: 112 x 41.5 x 41.5cm
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  • Material description: fibreglass, perspex and motor
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: AC 1438
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