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Tense Release Stretch, José Pedro Croft 

 

22 Avril 2021 - 17 Juillet 2021

 

José Pedro Croft est un sculpteur d’espaces, un dessinateur fasciné par les couleurs, les variations de la gravure et le geste performatif.

Il ouvre des espaces et joue avec une perception tridimensionnelle presque sans volume, visible à la fois dans ses sculptures et dans l’espace plan de ses œuvres sur papier. Il tisse des lignes qui se superposent, il redouble des grilles, il décale des surfaces qui se surimposent comme des plaques. Il crée des tensions, les suspend, les étire. Il fait surgir des angles et des bordures dynamiques. Ses compositions vibrent et se déploient dans l’espace.

Toutes ses œuvres dégagent une énergie issue d’une forme d’écriture. Le rythme de ses partitions ciselées se mêle aux traces de mouvements plus fluides – celles d’encres et de vernis colorés transparents, voire de gouaches, appliqués à la brosse ou au pinceau. Une matière de recouvrement translucide qui unifie ou densifie, dont le geste est source d’un autre type de jubilation, plus libre encore, d’avantage présent dans ses dernières œuvres.

Mieux, ces couches multiples et de différentes échelles libèrent des espaces, tout en contraste, en particulier dans ses grand formats. Les interstices et les vides sont tout aussi présents dans ses dessins que dans ses sculptures.

José Pedro Croft s’intéresse surtout aux mouvements et aux déplacements du corps, même infimes. Son travail porte une dimension chorégraphique qui évoque l’esprit des performances sur les variations de pliages de Robert Morris et Simone Forti, ou les jeux d’apparition et de disparition de Robert Rauschenberg et Merce Cunningham. De façon répétée dans l’atelier, Croft crée lui aussi des tensions, les libère, les étire à nouveau, telles les séquences d’une respiration méditative.

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José Pedro Croft is a sculptor of space, a draughtsman fascinated by colors, by variations of the engraving process and by the performative gesture.

He opens up spaces and plays with a three-dimensional perception that is almost without volume, visible both in his sculptures and in the flat surfaces of his works on paper. He weaves intertwined threads together, he duplicates grids, he shifts surfaces and superimposes them like panels. He creates tensions, suspends them, stretches them. Angles surge and dynamic boundaries arise. His compositions vibrate and unfold in space.

All of his works release a specific energy that results in a form of writing. The rhythm of his chiseled scores mixes with traces of fluid movements – inks and transparent colored varnishes, or even gouache, applied with a wide brush or a finer paintbrush. These translucent materials, layered one upon the other, unify or densify the structure of the work. The artist’s gesture is the source of another type of jubilation, which becomes even freer and more present in his latest works.

Moreover, these multiple layers working on different scales have the effect of opening up contrasting spaces, particularly in his large formats. Gaps and blank areas are just as present in his drawings as in his sculptures.

José Pedro Croft is particularly interested in the movements and displacements of the body, even the slightest ones. His work has a choreographic structure, in the spirit of Robert Morris and Simone Forti’s performances on folds variations, of Robert Rauschenberg’s and Merce Cunningham’s plays on appearance and disappearance. Repeatedly in the studio, Croft also creates tensions, releases them, stretches them again, like sequences of meditative breathing

– Gregory Lang

 

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Since 2016, Irène Laub Gallery exhibits established and emerging artists in Brussels and in a selection of international art fairs. Our represented artists are actively committed to questioning social, political and architectural spaces. They present a very diverse body of work – inculding installation, video, sculpture, painting and drawing – and display pure and powerful aesthetics. The gallery is intended as an adaptable experimentation space, allowing the artists to stretch the boundaries of their chosen discipline, either by testing and distorting the physical frame of the work itself, or by exploring its significance in the social sphere. In 2018, the gallery moved to a new location and developed an ambitious exhibition programme, dedicated to further a productive dialogue between international artists, curators and institutions.

Image © José Pedro Croft, exhibition view at Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE), 2021.