"Living Sculpture"


Bertil Vallien, "Glass Eats Light"
Yves Amu Klein, "Living Sculpture"
July 18 - August 18, 2001
Reception for the Artist: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 from 5 to 8pm

Robert Berman Gallery, C-2 Projects
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, C-2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 315-9506, Fax: (310) 315-9508
Contact: Robert Berman, berman@artnet.net or Lisa M. Berman, lmberman@artnet.net
Web site: robertbermangallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm

This summer, the ABSOLUT L.A. International brings a vast array of the world’s best contemporary artwork to the entire city of Los Angeles. In it’s fifth term, the ABSOLUT L.A. International has developed a unique format whereby some 70 of L.A.’s best contemporary galleries and art institutions offer their gallery spaces and exhibition venues to over 200 international artists from 30 countries for a four-week exhibition, from July 18 through August 18, 2001. In conjunction with the event, the Robert Berman Gallery C2 located at Bergamot station Art Center is pleased to present two artists, Bertil Vallien of Sweden and Yves Amu Klein of France.

Yves Amu Klein, (France), son of one the 20th Centuries most acclaimed artists, presents a body of work called, Living Sculpture that attempts to bring artificial intelligence and awareness to sculptural forms with an emphasis on creating an autonomous art form. Yves’s Octofungi sculptures are technology based, created with experimental ultra light composites, organic fibers, microscopic glass spheres and pure pigments in a polyurethane base. These pieces explore the boundaries between nature and man-made: interacting with people and their environment - actually responding to human energy, the light that surrounds them and even have the capability of self propelled movement. Klein also creates wearable sculptures that work much the same way as their “parents” before them. His newest collection, features six wearable sculptures, most notably, BELLA, 2001, which slowly changes from red to green to INTERNATIONAL Klein Blue depending upon her “mood”. These one of a kind works presented in conjunction with Sculpture to Wear Gallery, truly have a mind of their own.

Bertil Vallien, a native of Stockholm, Sweden is an innovator of glass art and has created, arguably the worlds most recognized sculptural glass forms. His artwork has been exhibited in every international museum in the world. This exhibition will include a small sampling of the past decade of GLASS EATS LIGHT with 18 pieces of glass sculpture and will include the following collections: Resting Heads, Sarcophagi, Maps and Vessels. The sculptures from the Resting Head series exude simplicity, exhibiting the frozen stare of his subjects’ head, all based upon the theme of “man confined”. Among Bertil Vallien’s latest sculptural creations in sand cast glass is a group of rectangular shaped boxes, which resemble coffins. The transitional state between life and death has been a persistent theme in Vallien’s work and the Sarcophagi collection (Mr. Moro) is no exception. Vessels, the most widely recognized of Bertil’s works are mostly a vivid blue, some up to 4 meters in length, that are referred to simply as ”boats”. These boats serve as archetypes that imply a passage: a symbol of the voyage of life - from start to finish. The Maps series grapples with the quandary of not only what we perceive in the physical world, but the journey to “other side”.

This exhibition will run from July 18 through August 18. Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, July 18 from 5 to 8pm at Bergamot Station Art Center that will kick off the 2001 ABSOLUT-L.A. INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL ART INVITATIONAL. www.artsla.org

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