Jesus Rafael Soto

Soto’s work examines the relationships that make the illusion of solid forms possible, and then allows us to move within and play with these spaces. It’s fun and it’s potentially mind-bending stuff. There is a connection to the EA Project (01.2015) in that the forms reach out of themselves into the surrounding space – Soto’s work does this by having deliberately undefined boundaries between the inner and outer form, and the EA through immersive sensory experiences like smell, and also importantly through using living plants (which tread a fine line between object and individual).

Following extracts from his Wikipedia page

Jesús Rafael Soto (June 5, 1923 – January 14, 2005) was a Venezuelan op and kinetic artist, a sculptor and a painter.

Soto’s breakthrough works of the 1950s and 1960s were “geometric abstract paintings, using a limited and carefully selected array of flat colors.”[4]Caroni, for example, is a minimalist arrangement of static geometric forms in unmodulated silver, blue, and black inks on white paper.[5]

Soto created the so-called Penetrables, interactive sculptures which consist of square arrays of thin, dangling tubes through which observers can walk. Soto made over 25 Penetrables in his career.[6] It has been said of Soto’s art that it is inseparable from the viewer; it can only stand completed in the illusion perceived by the mind as a result of observing the piece.

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