Suspension, 2021

Polystyrene, resin, polyurethane paint, magnet

175x150x150cm

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Circular Visions, 2021

Solo exhibition at Galeria Foco.

In 1880, amateur scientist John Rand Capron wrote to the editor of Nature journal to report the  appearance of various circular spots emerging out of flattened field crops. Failing to uncover their  origin, he advanced the idea of a cyclonic wind action. A century later, what are now called “crop  circles” have multiplied, and so have theories developed to explain them. From subterranean  forces to extraterrestrial signals, fantasies around these phenomena shed light on a broader  fascination for circular visions. Intrigued and herself affected by a common attraction to these shapes, Clara Imbert engaged in composing her own landscape of cryptic patterns and non identified objects.

For her first solo show, she set out to explore circles and their variations – until rounding them up turned into obsession. Much like John Rand Capron, Clara Imbert is a science enthusiast. Drawing inspiration from essays on atoms, cells and stars, cyclical time and loop spaces, circular motion and centripetal force, she approaches formulas and symbols as fragments of visual poetry.

And it is possibly because she prefers creative experimentation to so-called discoveries, that some of her artworks seem to reinvent common tools of time and space: a sundial without proper pointer, an hourglass deprived of sand, the orrery of an unknown system standing on a found piece of metal gearing. Predictably, the artist’s love of science includes science fiction.  

Her sculptures, photographs and installations could stand as testimonies of a parallel reality, one which would raise fragile totems and craft iron talismans. One, perhaps, threatened by an impending apocalypse, as suggested by a burning meteor floating above an artificial pond. Yet  even without going so far as to speak of worlds ending, Clara Imbert’s constellation of works hints  at her interest for ruins – ancient or industrial derelict spaces from which she pulls future artefacts. Driven by previous lives and uses, she gifts a new purpose to the obsolete without denying traces of decay. On the contrary, she welcomes irregularities, flaws and cracks into her work in the spirit of choosing balance and reconciliation over a misconception of perfection and binary vision. Finally, she gives space to the invisible and the ineffable, that which cannot be seen, cannot be said, but remains to be felt. Void, also air, matters.

It allows for the rise of impalpable shadows and for a sphere to defy gravity. 

Manon Klein

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Detail of , 2021

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Exhibition View

Umbra, 2021

Fine art print on Baryta Hahnemühle paper, Nielsen Frame, Museum Glass

Unique Edition + 1AP |

130x90 cm

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Solis III, 2021

Limestone, treated steel

145x15x15 cm

 

Solis I, 2021

Limestone, treated steel

115x15x15 cm

Solis II, 2021

Limestone, treated steel

125x15x15 cm

 Detail of Solis II, 2021

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Orrery, 2021

Steel, Stone

198x130x130 cm

Detail of Orrery, 2021

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Detail of Orrery, 2021

Eclipse, 2021

Fine art print on Baryta Hahnemühle paper, Nielsen Frame, Museum Glass Unique Edition + 1AP 150x120 cm

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Axis, 2021

Steel

112x112x112 cm

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Equation for an Ellipse, 2021

Steel

135x50 cm

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Totem, 2021

Steel

197x50 cm

Ascension, 2021

Video projection, water mirror Variable Dimensions

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Shadow Object 1239, 2021 Fine art print on Baryta Hahnemühle paper, Nielsen Frame, Museum Glass Unique Edition + 1AP | 130x100 cm