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Lezart V

1989

Steel, copper, iron, and magnet

Obra Lezart V, 1989, de Tunga. Acervo de arte contemporânea Inhotim
Tunga, Lézart V, 1989, Steel, copper, iron, and magnet. Photo: Daniel Mansur
Obra Lezart V, 1989, de Tunga. Acervo de arte contemporânea Inhotim
Tunga, Lézart V, 1989. Photo: Daniel Mansur

The installation Lézart V was first exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (EUA), in 1989, and at the Whitechapel Gallery (England) in the following year. A short story written by the artist himself serves as a point of departure for the work: in it, he finds himself lying on a hammock, resting in a moment of suspension in between philosophic reflections and readings, when he witnesses the fusion of two lizards – who lend their French name to the work.

Placed side by side, the iron and wire pieces are not welded together, but actually sustained unitedly by the attraction of the magnets in themselves. There is then some tension between the force of gravity and the magnetic force. Split in different sizes or in rectangular blocks, the magnets bring together glass bottles, sustain iron pins, fill different containers, build tacapes (a kind of indigenous weapon), and fix threads that resemble long locks of hair.

Obra Lezart V, 1989, de Tunga. Acervo de arte contemporânea Inhotim
Tunga, Lézart V, 1989. Photo: Daniel Mansur

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