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New York

Cueto Project

Exhibition Detail
BEYOND GEOMETRY
551, West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011


May 6th, 2010 - July 30th, 2010
Opening: 
June 29th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
, Julije KniferJulije Knifer,
Acrylic on Canvas, 3' x 3'
© Courtesy of the artist & Cueto Project
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After World War II, many artists turned to geometric abstraction as a springboard
for experimentation, leaving behind figurative art. Some said that was the death
of painting. I prefer thinking of it as a new start.
I was first introduced to geometric abstract art when instructed by Serge Lemoine
at lʼEcole du Louvre and have been since then fascinated by the subject. My
strong continued interest in geometric art has led me to creating this exhibition to
explore what is beyond geometry. Since the Renaissance, viewing a painting has
been described as looking through a window onto the world. I would like to
engage a more experimental approach and to bring the viewer inside the “world”
made available by these artworks.
Francois Morelletʼs serigraphs abolish the system of one point perspective. His
systematic method of image making is a study of the eyeʼs perception. Only
using flat solid shapes on a monochromatic background, Morelletʼs layer effect
creates depth, which can be experienced from multiple angles. This play on the
eye is also seen in Mario Balloccoʼs work. And through his chromatic problems,
Ballocco utilizes color to reveal how it has a positive and stimulating effect over
the eye, provoking a psychic action on the whole human body.
This idea of action and movement has been synthesized by the French
phenomenologist Maurice Merleau Ponty, who described perception as ʻan
immediate and physical fluid, involving the whole body and not just the eyeʼ.
Physical movement becomes a means of reaching a revelation about the art
works by shifting the viewerʼs sensory and perceptual point of view. With Sotoʼs
installation, a piece of the actual set of the 1978 ballet Genesis, choreographed
by Alicia Alonso, at the Great Theatre of Havana, this is precisely how the viewer
will experience this theme by literally walking into geometry. In another way,
Marco Maggiʼs study explores the threshold between the second and third
dimension. These works intensifies the viewerʼs physical relationship to the art.
His objects- papers - sit directly on the floor without pedestals and share our
same space.
Finally, our experimental interaction ends with Julije Knifer and Olivier Mosset.
Both have explored where flatness and surfaces can lead us - a rhythmic close
up of a pattern, which develops into an independent surface that we can admire.
To answer the problematic of this showʼs title, what is beyond geometry is
something that is over points, angles, surfaces and solids; what we find is a
window to a world, which can function as a mirror of our sensations.
All the works presented have an impact to our senses and they envelop us into a
mesmerizing geometric and transcendent atmosphere.


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