Le Parc Through the Looking Glass

Visiting Julio Le Parc’s Form into Action exhibition at the PAMM once was not enough, which is why I enjoyed viewing it again two more times. Le Parc hit close to home. An influential figure in kinetic art, some of the artworks reminded me of Jesus Soto’s works. When I was younger, every time I would go through the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas, I would see Soto’s “La Esfera” and my parents would tell my brother and me about the kinetic art movement. Soto also has “Penetrable BBL Blue 2/8” installed outside which, much like Le Parc’s art, invites viewers to step in and become a part of the work.

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That was, perhaps, what I liked the most of Le Parc’s art. It encourages, or even obliges, the viewer to participate and engage in the piece, thus becoming a part of the art. Although I visited the exhibition more than once, it was never the same experience or appreciation of the works. The works aren’t static; they change with time, their surrounding environment and the viewer. They are a challenge to the preconceptions of what art should be. Le Parc empowers the viewer and, in the process, breaks down the barriers between art and spectator.

The collection features over 100 works produced by Le Parc between 1958 and 2013, which vary in medium, shapes and sizes.

Le Parc: Form into Action is exhibited at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Miami, FL from Nov. 18 2016 until March 19, 2017.

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