Kinetic Art

Published: 18 February 2015 at 14:00

A talk by visiting artist Reg Gadney as part of the Fine Art Research Unit lecture series

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 2.00pm
Ruskin 214

Reg Gadney (painter, renowned crime fiction and screenplay writer, former Pro-Rector of the Royal College of Art) co-organised the First International Exhibition of Concrete, Kinetic and Phonic Poetry at Cambridge college, St Catharine's in 1964 as a student there. While studying English, Fine Art and Architecture at Cambridge and, later, as a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his advocacy of kinetic art and its revolutionary abandonment of traditional painting in The London Magazine and elsewhere excited considerable attention.

He was not alone in arguing for the radical implications of the then emergent techniques introducing actual light and movement into the frame of the picture as can be seen in the contemporary articles on display in the gallery by Frank Popper and Frank J. Malina. For this FARU seminar, Reg Gadney will present images from some of the 1960s works, particularly by Malina whose 'Spring II' is presently on show in the Ruskin Gallery.

In discussion with Bronac Ferran, the show's co-curator, he will address the issues raised by the work of kinetic artists of the 1960s in Paris and describe his involvement with them and engage in a general discussion.