Last night the short film attached below about Brizilian artist Helio Oiticica’s work by Ivan Candose, showed at the IMA (Institute of Modern Art, in Brisbane). Writer and critic Susan Best spoke, introducing the film; Best has recently published a book called ‘Vizualising Feeling, affect and the feminine avant-garde’ which looks great.
Best is a wonderful speaker who outlined Oiticia’s work and also spoke about Lygia Clark, who, also a Brazilian artist, worked closely with Oiticica. Best described Oiticica as deconstructing the elements of painting, and creating huge abstract paintings for the body called parangoles, that are featured in the following film. Best compared Clark with Oiticica explaining that Clark’s work was not meant for an audience, but for the participant, where as Oiticicas work was intended for an audience to both watch, and participate within. The following short film is often shown with Oicicicas parangoles, which demonstrate that they are meant to be danced in, and activated, becoming one with the body.