Espace à pénétrer avec trame et miroir courbe (Variation du labyrinthe de 1963), 2019
This installation is a substantial variation of Le Parc’s original contribution to the GRAV’s 1963 labyrinth. It consists of two large semi-cylindrical structures made of curved mirror walls, inside and outside which visitors can freely circulate. A dynamic pattern of black-and-white stripes completes the work: it covers the entire room from floor to ceiling, as well as four panels hanging at body level near the center, where they are subjected to the public’s erratic movement. Bringing to mind the traditional house of mirrors in fun fairs, this maze-like installation prompts a resolutely playful experience among the audience.
Crucial to Le Parc’s aesthetics is the notion visual instability, which is successfully achieved through the sleek vibrancy of the all-over striped pattern, as well as the deformed reflections of the public and its surroundings on the curved mirrors.
Continuel-lumière-cylindre au plafond, 1962 - 2019
Plunged into complete darkness, this installation offers a purely contemplative spectacle. Visitors are invited to lie down and gaze at the circular choreography of light beams on the ceiling. Although these mesmerizing luminous forms are produced by the motorized rotation of indented discs before a projector, the invisible apparatus makes the experience all the more ethereal.
Those experiments with the light and the movement are linked to the principal of moving away from a fix, stable and definite work. The viewer is surrounded with the development of a multitude of changes. The uniform support of the element or the forms, accentuates without distraction, the instability mode in evidence, so the viewer perceives a part of the changes which is enough to apprehend the total meaning of the experience.