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  • Provenance

    Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris; Private Collection, Switzerland

  • Catalogue Essay

    Like modern-day Dan Flavin or James Turrell, Iván Navarro is, literally, a sculptor of light. Building upon the Minimalist and Conceptual traditions, Navarro uses the seductive glow of neon to transform utilitarian objects. Record is a monumental sculptural installation in which the viewer's eye is drawn down a perspective of receding geometric light forms, a visually hypnotic effect created by mirrors. As a deliberate distortion of spatial depth, this stack of ‘shelves' made of fluorescent light tubes creates the illusion of several perspective points, and in doing so, pushes the boundaries of modern formalism to their limits. It is perhaps no coincidence that the artist, who uses light, a common symbol of hope and truth, as his medium, was born in Chile during General Pinochet's brutal regime – indeed, Navarro's work has been described as "humanitarian social sculptures whose light aims to illuminate the nebulous and nefarious undercurrents of both authoritarian and democratic societies" (Amy Ingrid Schlegel, press release for Iván Navarro, Tufts University, 2008).

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Record

2007
Fluorescent light, mirrors, mixed media.
215 × 100 × 29 cm (84 5/8 × 39 3/8 × 11 1/2 in).
This work is from an edition of three plus an artist’s proof.

Estimate
£35,000 - 45,000 Ω ♠

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010
London