SOTO (1923-2005). From January 2015, two major exhibitions will be held concurrently at Galerie Perrotin in Paris and in New York.
“The work of art should arouse the emotion of the viewer, but this does not mean that it must be born of an emotive situation. If the work of art has an origin it is in the reflection, the strictness and the logic of artistic research. Art is not expression. It is knowledge. […]
The closer one wants a work to be to the kinetic proposition, the more one has to abandon the notion of mass for that of energy. […]
Through all of my research, one question has been perpetually in my mind: how to make sure that matter returns to its essential value, that is, energy. Or, to put it in less abstract terms: how to make sure that the elements used in the construction of my work are absorbed by a fusion of space and time, in which they lose their solid nature to reach a transitory state of vibrations. […]
Focusing one’s investigations on luminous phenomena implicitly entails abandoning representation, and involves an intention to go beyond outside appearances, aiming at what is absolutely essential, in other words: light. […]”
Soto, in Marcel Joray, Soto, Neuchâtel, Éditions du Griffon, 1984 (translation).
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