A seminal member of the Brazilian avant-garde, Camargo's most influential mentor was Lucio Fontana who founded the Academia Privada de Altamira in Buenos Aires where Camargo studied in the late 1940s. Although having always remained relatively independent, Camargo was part of the Constructivist and Neo-Constructivist generation, making and shaping Latin American art history in the mid 20th Century alongside Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica.
Executed by the time Camargo relocated to Paris in 1961, the current “vibrating wall” is both highly singular within his practice and a perfect example of the artist’s repertoire. (Leslie Bethell, The Cambridge History of Latin America, vol. 10, Cambridge 1995, p. 452) The pattern resulting from the cylindrical pieces of diagonally cut wood resembles an organic crystalline structure, whilst their carefully composed assemblage creates a rhythmic optical effect highlighted by the play of shadow and light along the surface.
The prodigious accumulation of angled sections featured in Construction Bleu becomes “versatile spontaneous rhythms/active shadows, rigid presences/lyric surfaces, skin cadence”, thus epitomising the artists complex sensory language. (Sergio Camargo, Preciosas coisas vas fundamentais. Escritos do Sergio Camargo, São Paolo, 2010, pp. 28-9)
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