Heinz Mack born 1931
T00683 Light Dynamo
Inscribed 'Mack '63 | Rotor II' on back
Aluminium, glass and wood with motor, 22 3/4 x 22 1/2 x 6 1/2 (57.5 x 57 x 16.5)
Purchased from the artist through the McRoberts and Tunnard Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1964
Exh: Zero in Gelsenkirchen, Künstlersiedlung Halfmannshof, Gelsenkirchen, November-December 1963 (no catalogue); Group Zero, McRoberts and Tunnard Gallery, London, June-July 1964 (2)
Repr: Michael Compton, Optical and Kinetic Art (London 1967), pl.22; Cyril Barrett, An Introduction to Optical Art (London 1971), p.84
The artist wrote on 5 July 1965: 'The "Light Dynamo" bought by the Tate Gallery was made in March 1963
'The first "Light Dynamos" date from 1959.
'The principle of the "Light Dynamos" has not changed; but there are various Dynamos which differ in material (aluminium or coloured wood), speed, the structure of the reliefs and the structure of the glass, and finally in size.
'There is no direct relationship between the Tate Gallery's Rotor and the other Light Dynamos.'
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.459-60, reproduced p.459