Julio Le Parc · Casa Daros · Río de Janeiro, Brazil
Casa Daros presents Le Parc Lumiére, Julio Le Parc solo show, Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
The exhibition will focus on one of the most important aspects of the artist’s work: his experimentation with changes in light and movement. From October 12, 2013 to February 23, 2014. Rua General Severiano 159, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The pieces in the Daros Latinamerica Collection, mostly from the 1960s, come together to form a great symphony of moving light. Together with his colleagues from the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), Le Parc proposed – in the sixties – a break with the artistic tradition that had prevailed until then, moving away from the static pictorial work and approaching a dynamic conception, and with it, to the constant movement, which prevents the static observation of the work. His games of light in movement modify space, permanently recreate it and at the same time dissolve it, including the observer in the total work of art. The basic material substance of the multiple mechanical devices and lighting machines is elegantly and absolutely immaterial. The artist creates the conditions; the specific superpositions and constellations of light phenomena are entirely coincidental. This game with randomness constantly leads to surprising new situations that are never fully comprehensible. The experience of these fleeting light events leads us to reflect on the unstable of reality and on the flow of life with its multiple refractions and reflections.
Le Parc’s kinetic works deliberately elude any specific interpretation. In a world in which everything is ordered and in which everything is imposed on man (and this happens even in the world of art, supposedly free), Le Parc wants to offer man with his kinetic work the opportunity to break with his Regulated existence wants to free the observer from his dependency and make him participate in the action, integrating him into his total work of art and immersing him in a light experience. Le Parc seeks to grant autonomy to man, it is very far from wanting to impose a certain point of view. “The important thing is what people see and not what someone says about it.” It is in the rigorous denial of any claim to the absolute that the most profoundly human aspect of this art, as well as the most political, resides: an art that is conceived as liberal and democratic, respectful of men, anti-authoritarian and enemy of any kind. cult of genius. All this is also expressed in the numerous political and artistic manifestos of Le Parc.