Lumières alternées

Julio Le Parc began to experiment with
light in 1959. Originally, light was the
means of giving a concrete form to
several of his concerns, including the
desire to create works in perpetual
transformation. The result is ‘a constant
and unpredictable game of light and
shadow.’ For the artist, the aim of these
incredibly beautiful yet simple works is
to ‘initiate or pursue the destruction of
traditional notions about art, its elaboration,
presentation and appreciation.’

About Julio Le Parc

Celebrated for what he calls “disturbances in the artistic system,” Julio Le Parc is among the progenitors of the Op Art, or Kinetic Art, movement, who posits a utopian vision for art and society through his perceptually illusory paintings, sculptures, and immersive installations. As co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (Visual Art Research Group) (1960-68), he worked to break down the boundaries between art and the viewer. In his words: “I have tried […] to elicit a different type of behavior from the viewer […] to seek, together with the public, various means of fighting off passivity, dependency or ideological conditioning, by developing reflective, comparative, analytical, creative or active capacities.” Parc accomplishes this through color, line, light, shadow, and movement, composed to make still forms seem to move, solid structures seem to dematerialize, and light itself seem plastic.

Argentinian, b. 1928, Mendoza, Argentina, based in Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
2016
Julio Le Parc: Form into Action, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami
2016
Julio Le Parc, Galerie Perrotin, New York
2016
julio le parc | 1959 - 1970, Galeria Nara Roesler, New York