I first saw Boston-based artist Anne Lilly’s beautiful interactive kinetic stainless steel sculptures at Scope NY a few months back and thought they were among the best pieces at the show. More recently, I saw more of them at the very intimate Beth Swanström Gallery where the artist herself was present. She spoke enthusiastically about her switch, years ago, from architecture to sculpture and the thrill she got the first time she entered a metal workshop surrounded by all the lathes and other tools.
Lilly’s sculptures have a fluidity and elegance that rival that of the most graceful dancer. The cool, mechanical, minimalist steel pieces (many of which remind me of some of my favorite Blomus housewares) need only a slight push and off they go in an incredibly smooth movement where collision seems inevitable, yet never occurs. Trust me, it’s worth watching the videos below to get the full effect, or as much of a full effect that one can get online.