Espaço modulado (Modulated Space)

Lygia Clark

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1920 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1988
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    Cardboard collage on paperboard
  • Dimensions: 
    29,7 x 10 cm
  • Category: 
    Work on paper, Drawing, Work on paper, Collage
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The work of Lygia Clark involves a rereading of European constructive geometry, to transform it into a “sensitive” geometry, dependent on the body and the context, in which the work becomes an object at the service of the viewer’s subjectivity. The artist’s exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in 1958 showed her art’s revolutionary capacity and the importance of space to her aesthetic investigations. The virtual space, suggested by Josef Albers’ work, is at the basis of her pieces in which the architectural experience arises from the idea of modulation. The artist goes beyond a retinal concept of the art: “My vision is not purely optical, it is fiercely linked to my experience of feeling, not just in an immediate sense, but in a deep sense, of unknown origin. What one form can express has meaning for me in close connection with its inner space, the empty-full of its existence, just as there is an ‘us’ that grows towards completion and takes on meaning as maturity approaches.” Espaço modulado (Modulated Space) is, besides, an example of the capacity for purifying language in Clark’s work, in which the white line along the edge of the two black rectangles revolutionises the question of the figure and the background, reducing the figure to a single line of emptiness.

Carmen Fernández Aparicio