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Exhibition sheds a new light on the heritage of the opticokinetic art movement
Vibrations, Richard Paul Lohse & Julio Le Parc. Photo: Courtesy Danysz Gallery.

PARIS.- By bringing together historical artists and younger, more contemporary ones, and putting their works in contrast, the exhibition Vibrations at Danysz gallery provides evidence of a continuity and renewed vitality.

Vibrations evidently refers to light's vibratory perception effects in many of these works: in that of Victor Vasarely (who said: « To assault the retina, isn't it to make it effectively vibrate? ») or in that of Richard Paul Lohse, central figure of concrete art in Zurich along with Max Bill, where the dynamic effect is obtained by playing with the intrinsic properties of colors, their precise sequencing and their systematic juxtaposition within a grid.

But Vibrations is also a way to highlight the persistence of practices and reflexions responding to each other through decades of history, around an object that remains the same. Or how contemporary artists, as an echo, in resonance with their predecessors, continue to explore today the effects of visual perception by working on notions of light, color, space and movement.

More than yet another historical exhibition, Vibrations sheds a new light on the heritage of the opticokinetic art movement and the multiple forms it may take today. The artworks on display here disrupt the visual sense. The eye of the viewer is continually solicited, confused sometimes by so much stimulation. Lastly, Vibrations is a glimpse into the future, in keeping with the choices that, since its creation, Danysz Gallery is standing for. By bridging now classic artworks and more contemporary ones, this exhibition calls for a new dialogue between generations.

“One of the starting points for my inquiry were the impressionists, who saw, in color, the possibility to modify painting and art itself. That is to say, every generation creates a contradiction. The impressionists expressed color in a dynamic condition, but contained it in a static medium. What I attempted to do was to move beyond impressionism and search for the paradox. It is contradictory to have a metaphysical concept and express it materially through a static medium.” ---Carlos Cruz Diez, 2016

“In my works, I believe I can demonstrate the existence of an abstract architectural art, a kind of universal folklore which language will easily adapt to the highly developed techniques of urban construction.” ---Victor Vasarely, Notes brutes, 1958

“What is important is the visual presence of the work.” --- Julio Le Parc, 2014

“I think that when we look at a painting, the reading is done on a level that is already a space, the space of the canvas itself. Then there is the movement of the person into a complete space that matters. I like the link between the two, between the movement of the gaze on a work and that of the body in a space.” --- Stéphane Dafflon

“I try to convey on the world in which we live: the circulation, the flow of information, and the cultural exchanges. I think my job belongs to the present, I’m an internet kid.” --- Felipe Pantone

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