Takis – “The Fourth Dimension” – Axel Vervoordt Gallery – ΝΥ
Opening on October 25th 2012, from 6-9pm
Takis (°1925, Athens, Greece) has devoted most of his artistic life to research into magnetism. As an instinctive savant, he believes all communication occurs through magnetic fields. Magnetic energies are his primary, unseen material, which he stages in all manner of ways so as to render them visible. Takis has consistently translated this poetic approach to science into works that sensitively deploy the forces of nature.
In 1968-9 Takis was invited to work as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to investigate magnetism in an artistic way. For Takis, science and art are closely related. It is perhaps not so much the nature of the results obtained, but the starting point, the very act of questioning, which makes artists andreside in the visual but in what cannot be seen, in the space-between.
With his Signals, Magnetic Walls and Musicales, Takis makes invisible energies palpable and invites the spectator to enter into a wordless, energetic dialogue with the sculptures. In a way he both literally and figuratively charges the void, in order to make it eloquent. Instead of working with representations, the works are presentations of energies for us to engage with directly. Instead of communicating via symbolization and language, the works’ impact is immediate. Takis also makes us aware of our fragility: the works have a tangible effect on the viewer, who is touched by energies emitting from the work, which the artist claims can have a harmonizing effect.
Rendering the void positive as a director of energies, in his works Takis invites viewers to engage with the Fourth Dimension.
On the occasion of the exhibition we have published a catalogue containing an interview with the artist. The catalogue will be available at the gallery.
25.10.2012 – 02.12.2012
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Vlaeykensgang – Oude Koornmarkt 16
2000 Antwerp – NY
+32 477 88 80 60