TRIBUTE TO JESUS RAFAEL SOTO AND CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ AT ESPACE MEYER ZAFRA
Tribute to the masters at Espace Meyer Zafra celebrates the Centenary of birth of two great masters of kinetic art, Jesús Rafael Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez.
Espace Meyer Zafra, a gallery defending the geometric abstraction of Venezuela for more than 20 years, presented a collective exhibition entitled Tribute to the Masters. Historical works by Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto will be featured, as well as works by artists with obvious visual links, such as Yaacov Agam, Francisco Salazar, Manuel Mérida, Piotr Kowalski and Armando Reveron.
“Take an element, a line, a bit of wood or metal, and transform it into pure light”: through these words coming from Jesus Rafael Soto, lies the understanding of his artistic conception. Whether in the work presented here: Vibration Coquilles
produced in 1996 or in the two Ambivalences Carré Noir from 1991 and Verde y Tabacco from 1994, we find these elements generating disconcerting illusions. The work first mentioned is composed of a pink rectangle in the upper part and a frame in the lower part on top of which suspended metal rods are juxtaposed. Depending on the viewer’s motion, these rods disappear and reappear, giving a particular vibratory aspect to the piece. The other two works are part of the Ambivalences series. Influenced by Piet Mondrian, this series generate an illusion of space. The squares embossed to the piece, move forward or backward depending on the viewer’s motion.
Two works by Carlos Cruz-Diez will be presented in this tribute exhibition. The first is a Physichromie. Created in 1959, the principle of this series consists of revealing certain circumstances and conditions of color. As the Cruz-Diez studio indicates, Physichromie acts like a “light trap” in a space where a series of color frames interact and transform when in contact with each other, generating new chromatic ranges, not present on the support. The Physichromie 2567 that will be presented is divided vertically into three strips covered with PVC, generating a monochrome rendering of blue on one of the profiles and an orange one on the other side. The second work exhibited is a multiple published by the Galerie Denise René in 1968. The multiples were innovative at that time when kinetic art was booming. The Chromointerference Series C is a motorized work in which a first circular frame moves like a pendulum in front of another frame with the same chromatic nuances, causing a disturbance in the viewer’s vision.
Tribute to the masters. Group exhibition by Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Yaacov Agam, Francisco Salazar, Manuel Mérida, Piotr Kowalski and Armando Reveron.
Until November 9th, 2023.
Espace Meyer Zafra. 4 rue Malher, Paris 4, France.