For this edition of BRAFA 2019, La Patinoire Royale | Galerie Valérie Bach has chosen to confirm its predilection for kinetic art by offering a tribute to the Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, 1923), a major player in kinetic and optical art from the 1950s to the present day.
Carlos Cruz-Diez influenced a whole generation of artists by his research on the effects of forms and chromatic phenomena, questioning the introduction of time in his work, as a fourth dimension. Bringing this artistic trend a resolutely avant-garde look, Carlos Cruz-Diez is also one of those pioneers who have sought to integrate art into the public space, as evidenced by his recent intervention on the forecourt of Pompidou Metz , as well as its large, colourful sails, whose models are previewed on the stand.
Contemporary international art owes him a heavy tribute today when one knows what advances his production could have given birth to artists such as James Turell or Gisela Colon.
The latter, precisely, was chosen to illustrate the relationship with this spiritual father of optical art, through the presentation of works specially designed for the BRAFA, made from new materials now available. These fascinating sculptures-paintings radiate a mysterious presence, directly inspired by nature, cells with changing colours, trans-organic foetuses with mother-of-pearl effects, as many direct quotes from the universe of the Venezuelan master.
As a counterpoint to this double show, South American furniture elements from the same years are also presented, as a way to inhabit even more the space for which these haunting works have been designed.