Indianapolis, USA, 1972; lives in São Paulo
cement, wood, iron, steel cables, coin
Resorting to a language of minimalist and simple forms along with the use of materials such as concrete, iron and wood, since the 1990s Marcius Galan has been developing a work that fosters reflections on sculpture, geometry and space. In many cases, his works engender unexpected situations, creating games of illusion and visual tricks to incorporate and redraw the architectural characteristics of a determined place, altering the way we perceive it. The spectator is invited to adopt an autonomous position, to investigate the space, and to discover the tenuous dividing line between appearance and reality.
In Imóvel/Instável [Still/Unstable, 2001], pyramid-shaped concrete weights interlinked by steel cables and wooden slats become proportionately smaller to form a structure whose function is to stand a 10-centavo coin on edge. In a reference to the systems of capital and the chain reaction that culminates in maladjustments and crises, the work is configured as a spatial drawing recalling the abstract models of the mobile sculptures of American artist Alexander Calder (18981976). The illusion of movement, given to a static, immobile image fixed to the floor, makes it seem unstable and ready to spring into action at any moment.