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Jean-Paul Réti
Lectern with apple - Jean-Paul Réti, 21st Century, Contemporary metal sculpture

2016

US$23,665.56

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Steel and resin sculpture Unique “It has long been known that the Earth is round, but it is only now in the space age that it is really seen to be so. The stunning pictures of the blue planet floating in blank space, which so clearly put in perspective humanity’s relative importance in the Universe, brought that understanding home to everyone with sudden power. Jean Paul Reti strives to bring about a similar shift in our perception of the way things are. Or rather, he makes us feel it viscerally. He breaks with the principle underlying most figurative painting and sculpture according to which we the viewers are placed on a perfectly level plane facing the line of horizon. We tacitly accept this fixed frame of reference as the matrix of reality... In fact, this version of reality is but a convention, an illusion - our imaginary verticality on a supposedly flat surface. The earth has no top or bottom. Our feet are stuck to the ground, but our heads can float free in the Universe. To render this idea both visible and palpable, Jean Paul Reti sculpts surfaces with landscapes or human figures that hangs on the wall, hanging in front of us. Though we think we are standing up looking straight ahead as usual, we are actually gazing down into the sculpture, over flying it or hovering above it. This radical dislocation makes us conscious of other sets of space relations, of our own inherent immediate “spatiality”. While his predilection for steel and bronze evinces a certain attachment to the “classical” approach, the construction of his sculptures has a kinship with computer graphics. In his thinking and work, there is a constant interplay between senses and science, between the perceptible and the intelligible. The world of touch and the world of mind overlap. Like those virtual environments in which you can move in any direction, Reti’s sculptures plunge the onlooker into a world where verticality becomes unstuck, where is no longer matters. By restructuring our perception of space, Jean Paul Reti reminds of us all the other artificial barriers that condition our conception of reality and prevent us from moving on the new outlooks.” Text by Alberto Moravia "The Underlying Principle of Sculpture In the work of Jean-Paul (Janos) Reti".

Details

  • Creator
    Jean-Paul Réti (1946)
  • Creation Year
    2016
  • Dimensions
    Height: 64.57 in. (164 cm)Width: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Depth: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU103413897962

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