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Hannover, Germany born 1942

  • to Australia 1971

Light sculpture

2001 Description: wall mounted group of metal and electric lamps | consisting of the sculpture and electrical transformer
Place made: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, lights metalwork, aluminium: perforated and anodised; 21 x 12-volt Xenon lamps, electrical components
Dimensions: 135.0 h x 185.0 w x 20.0 d cm ; weight 44 kg
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.3

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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