Tuesday, 8 April 2008


Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Allora and Calzadilla's billboard

information area

Ernesto Neto, Humanoide, 2001 and in the background José (Tony) Cruz, Imitation Converse with the inclination of existing Church, 2004

Allora and Calzadilla (left), Olafur Eliasson Mono-frequency lamp, 2004 (right/ lamp warming up)

Allora & Calzadilla, Charcoal Dance Floor, 1998

Allora & Calzadilla, Traffic Patterns, 2001-2003

Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida, Cosmococa 1: Trashiscapes, 1973

art and context, from the relational object to the aesthetics of administration part I - leave your mind and come to your senses with allora y calzadilla lygia clark josé (tony) cruz ernesto neto olafur eliasson hello oiticica & neville d’almeida

As part of a series of exhibitions aimed at examining the relations between art and context and the representations that arise from diverse modes of production and exhibition of the work of art, art and context part I: leave your mind and come to your senses deals primarily with a redefinition of the public and a reconsideration of the exhibition space through the presentation of a selection of works in the Berezdivin Collection.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Fritz Perls, who in 1969 said “lose your mind and come to your senses”. As founder of Gestalt therapy, Perls is an important reference in this show, which pays homage to and includes works by Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, two artists who were very involved in an art practice that shared some of the guiding principles of Gestalt therapy, and whose groundbreaking work changed the way we understand contemporary art.

All the works in the exhibition challenge the traditional conventions of display and the relationship between the public and the work of art, fostering different modes of spectatorship. The works by Hélio Oiticica and Neville d’Almeida, Lygia Clark, Ernesto Neto, Olafur Eliasson, José (Tony) Cruz and Allora & Calzadilla, all engage the public through the senses and invite the spectator to touch, feel, walk on the works, lie down in the space created by them or see themselves in a different light, reconstituting the relationship between the work, the public and the exhibition space. A special documentary section is devoted to the legacy of Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, featuring an interview with Neville d’Almeida which will help guide us through this experience.


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