La intimidad de la luz en St Ives, 1997
Junín, Argentina, 1936 Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002
La intimidad de la luz en St. Ives, 1997
Six tables, plasters, molds, Clay, water, tools and text
Over the past few decades Victor Grippo has stood out in the art world as one of the leading figures of the Conceptual art group practicing in Argentina. A chemist by training, Grippo took a keen interest in the connections linking art, life and science. Furthermore, in his work he used organic materials in their raw state, tools, and everyday objects. At Inhotim, Grippo's work integrates the group of permanent installations and fosters a dialogue with works by Hélio Oiticica (1939-1980), Cildo Meireles and Tunga, among others - all of them contemporaries of Grippo who participated in the renewal of artistic thought in Brazil. La intimidad de la luz en St. Ives [The Intimacy of Light in St. Ives, 1997] was originally conceived for one of the Porthmeor Studios in St. Ives, Cornwall (England), which several artists shared throughout the 20th century. Inspired by the local light, which he found fascinating, Grippo conceived a work to address the passing of time: he created a sort of sundial on a group of worktables, under the rays that drench the studio, where the various phases of sculptural practice are on show. Tables play a special role in the artist's oeuvre, as they signify encounters between the commonplace and the extraordinary, from the studio to the banquet hall. At Inhotim, the installation is set up in an old workshop building that has remained from the original farm, also referring and paying tribute to the many years of work that took place in the facility. The intimacy of the St. Ives light came across another specific quality of light and sprang up in another context - something that Grippo had anticipated when he stated: "Right here in my Buenos Aires studio, which is located in the south of the south cone of South America, similar (to St. Ives) phenomena takes place; after all, the light at any given place confers meaning on things that tend to be meaningful."