Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière
Installation (MDF, paint, plaster, diffusion filter)
Installation dimensions variable
101 x 52 x 17 cm (39 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 6 3/4 in) (exterior dimensions)
The light intervention is created by a rectangular construction built out from the wall with a rectangular opening at its apex. Funneling the light to create a diffuse brightness, the effect can be quite startling, as the illumination emanating from the opening, made diffuse by a filter, can nonetheless be quite focused.
The built-out form—known in geometry as a frustum, in effect a cut-off pyramid—creates the sense of a passageway opening into another space. Looking into the funnel toward the light, the concrete phenomenological effects evoke a long tradition of encounters with natural light, drawing attention to the subjectivity of perception and its metaphorical associations.
While the rectangular openings recall the windows found in ecclesiastic architecture and its tradition of controlling light (e.g. as a marker of the divine), yet also obliquely refer to the work of 20th century light & space artists constructing environments to shape light.
The title is taken from a poem by Stela do Patrocínio, a Brazilian writer who was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and kept in institutional confinement by her family between 1962 and 1992.