Frank Bauer works as a goldsmith, lighting designer and
kinetic sculptor. He brings a contemporary expression to the aesthetic
language of early Modernism that influenced his craft and design training
in Germany.1 The precise engineering and craftsmanship that characterises
his geometric and reductive jewellery is reflected in a larger scale in
this wall-mounted light sculpture. Using his patented system of small,
low-voltage lamps as visual connectors through a complex and rhythmical
structure of perforated anodised aluminium sheets, Bauer orchestrates
reflected, coloured light in an abstraction of the technical systems of
the contemporary built environment.
1 See Frank Bauer, 'Frank Bauer: Designer - Bauhaus inheritance' in Frank
Bauer: Designer – jewellery, metalwork, lighting, 1975–2000, Adelaide:
Frank Bauer, 2000, pp.6–7.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010