Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988

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Lygia Clark. _Pedra e ar (Stone and Air)_. 1966

Lygia Clark. Pedra e ar (Stone and Air). 1966

Stone and plastic bag
Variable dimensions
Courtesy Associação Cultural “O Mundo de Lygia Clark”

Glenn Lowry: Curator Luis Perez-Oramas:

Luis Perez-Oramas: Beginning in 1965, Lygia Clark basically conceived objects to be experienced by individuals, couple of people, or groups. These objects were called "sensorial objects"; later on "relational objects."

Glenn Lowry: This is Clark's first "sensorial object," titled Pedra e Ar, or Stone and Air. This work originated after Clark was in a car accident. She was ordered to wrap her broken wrist in a plastic bag to keep its temperature even. Later, she removed the bag, filled it with air, closed it with an elastic band and placed a stone over one of its edges.

Luis Perez-Oramas: And with her two hands, she slightly and delicately pushed the bag in and out so the stone goes inside the bag and goes outside the bag. And she compared that experience as a birth process, as being brought to life.

It is important that Pedra e Ar is related to Lygia Clark's own body's fracture. As her investigation began by experiencing the incision within the organism of painting, she ultimately comes to this moment when her own body fractures. And following that experience, she conceives a healing object, and that will help her address the implications of her entire investigation on the human body and on the body of art.

Glenn Lowry: If facilitators are in the galleries, they can help you experience replicas of this and other works nearby.