Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988

Lygia Clark. _Obra mole (Soft work)_. 1964 (re-created 2012)

Lygia Clark. Obra mole (Soft work). 1964 (re-created 2012)

Rubber
Variable dimensions
Courtesy Associação Cultural “O Mundo de Lygia Clark”

Glenn Lowry: This is a replica of a piece calledObra-mole, or Soft-work. It's one of a series Clark titledTrepantes, or Grubs, to underline their organic character. It's made from rubber to give it fluidity and mobility.

Luis Perez-Oramas: The work doesn't have a determined shape. It does have a determined structure, but it doesn't hold by itself. It really needs to lean towards something, and from there to collapse, to unfold, to fall. This softness, it's important for Lygia Clark. And these sculptures were conceived as participatory works.

Glenn Lowry: For her, it was a step further toward creating works that would fuse with the bodies of people who interact with them.

Luis Perez-Oramas: That is, looking for a collective body, as she will later on call one of her performative and participatory propositions.

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