J. Margulis | Venezuela

Tennis Court Green and Yellow. 2016. 32 x 44 x 3 Metacrilate and Aluminum

Tennis Court Green and Yellow. 2016. 32 x 44 x 3 Metacrilate and Aluminum

“Eppur si muove…” (And yet it moves…)
Galileo Galilei, 1564-1682

Margulis (b. Caracas 1970) presents his kinetic sculptures colorful or monochrome, in which color and transparency create a surprising effect of change and movement that will transport the viewer to a new dimension. J. Margulis is a multitalented artist that excelled in his work as photographer to later develop his present conceptions of unique 3-D sculptures. Following the path indicated by the great last century masters of the genre, such as Venezuelan Jesus Soto, Russian constructivist and kinetic pioneer Naum Gabo or Italian Alberto Biasi, Margulis bring us to the new optical dimensions created by kinetic art. During the 1600’s it was told that the master of painting Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) was able to depict the air surrounding his subjects, today we can say that J. Margulis is the master of “kinetic air”, as in his sculptures he makes his viewers to taste the inaccessible, the ethereal, and the transparent that trough his vibrations fulfils their feelings with surprise and excitement. There are two qualities that I like in Margulis artworks: their delicate insinuation and the refined elegance, which position them in the category of unique original artworks that are at the same time beautiful as well as intelligently conceived pieces of science. The artist has said: “I believe that courage, empathy and kindness are all ingredients in a powerful and elusive formula, which arms us with a clean and ever sharpening lens that catches fleeting glimpses of our true nature; small fractions of divine understanding that reverberate in our essence with the power to shape our deepest beliefs and completely change our perspectives, and so, the way we act in the unfolding of our own existence. My work is about the physical representation of this belief. I digitally design 3-D objects and compositions, and cut them in slices from different types of plastic sheet materials. These slices are then fixed to a rigid canvas, a pedestal or held together in space. Most of my work is done using acrylic sheets with different levels of translucency in a range of colors, graphic patterns, textures and photographic images directly printed on the sheets’ surfaces… I treat my three-dimensional pieces as light traps or secret blueprints, in which by controlling the placement of its components, I’m able to create intriguing 3-D containers.. These exposed patterns and designs are not absolutes or unique, because as the viewer changes his point of view, the work expresses a different narrative that is completely new within its own essence. It intrigues and fascinates me how the object mutates in front of me, with no other resource but a simple change of perspective…” by Mariavelia Savino, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Projects USA

Vertigo.

Vertigo.

Gold Slides

Gold Slides

 

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