François Morellet and Gerhard von Graevenitz at Sperone Westwater

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François Morellet and Gerhard von Graevenitz worked together in the Light-Kinetic movement in Europe during the 50s and 60s.  The Light-Kinetic movement was also connected with the Op-Art movement which is easy to see in the seizure inducing works of Morellet.  Von Graevenitz’s earlier monochrome works of the late 50s offer a the viewers’ eyes a break while his later slow moving kinetic works with moving simple geometric forms seem to bridge the activity gap between his relief works and the visually pulsating works of  Morellet.  The Press Release states,

In the catalogue essay accompanying Moving Spirits, curator and writer Serge Lemoine notes that the works of Morellet and von Graevenitz are closely connected by “a total abstraction”. Both artists utilize a systematic and simplistic language of geometric shapes. The physicality of the work is emphasized by both artists, but the medium varies. Morellet used silkscreen, oil paint, canvas, wood, and neon; and von Graevenitz used plaster and motors for his kinetic works. Despite these differences, as Lemoine states, “the motivation is the same for both artists: to assert a physical truth, sometimes in its most minimal form… to show the method of production… and to disturb the traditional approach to a work.”

François Morellet and Gerhard von Graevenitz Moving Spirits 2012 June 10 – July 27 at Sperone Westwater

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