AGITATED , 22 MAY - 16 JUNE 2012

Bartley + Company Art is pleased to present a significant new exhibition by Peter Roche. As Len Lye, arguably New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed artist, was interested in composing motion, so too Peter Roche, described by writer Warwick Brown as "a worthy successor to Len Lye in the field of kinetic sculpture", creates an art of dynamic motion.

With this exhibition 'Agitated' Roche seeks to advance Lye's 1960s concept of "figures of motion". While Lye employed vibrating and oscillating sections of flexing metal to reveal striking patterns of movement, Roche couples electronic programmes with neon light to create intricate and mobile 3-D patterns of wriggling light.

The five neon works in the exhibition sit on a high gloss black ground which reflects and complicates the neon form. Each embodies a tension between the stillness of a static object and an animation that while totally repetitive constantly changes form and hue. As Lye sought to convey the feeling of a figure in motion, here the viewer reflected in the work is caught in the motion. Three lithographs reference Lye's early attempts to represent motion in two-dimensional form.

Roche, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, first attracted attention in the late 1970s with a series of provocative performances. He has a strong history of involvement with kinetic forms of art and in 2011 installed a major large-scale neon light work 'Saddleblaze', at the Gibbs Farm on the Kaipara Harbour (featured on the cover of the Autumn 2011 Art News magazine). Roche has had major exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, the 1st Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, the 1st Korean Bienniale of Contemporary Art and Scape 2005 Christchurch Sculpture Biennial. His work is held in many public and private collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, the Auckland Art Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.