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