Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988). _Óculos (Goggles)._ 1968. Industrial rubber, metal, and glass, 11 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 15/16" (29 x 18 x 7.5 cm). © 2014 Eduardo Clark.

Lygia Clark. Óculos (Goggles). 1968

Industrial rubber, metal, and glass
Courtesy Associação Cultural “O Mundo de Lygia Clark"

Luis Perez-Oramas: In 1968, Lygia Clark produced a sensorial object that she called Óculos – Eyes.

Glenn Lowry: Óculos consists of goggles that can be worn and experienced either by one person alone, or two people facing each other.

Luis Perez-Oramas: These objects are important in the sense that they address the issue of a single gaze, of a single vision that actually fractures or multiplies. But in this case, multiplicity, fracture, happens in the gap between two persons looking at each other.

It is as if Clark needed at some point to address vision in itself – not only the physical act of looking at something, but also the fact that there is no single vision, but always a multiple vision.

Glenn Lowry: If you get a chance to try on the goggles, you'll find that their "lenses" are reversible, and one side is mirrored. This is a comment on the self-reflection implicit in engaging with them. You'll also discover that the goggles are extremely heavy, reminding us that looking and reflection are not always easy or comfortable.

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