Prueba de Tensión, 2015 is a participatory sculpture that extends across the exhibition room of the MAR Museum in Mar del Plata. Qualities such as tension and balance or resistance and fragility integrate the materiality of the sculpture, as if it were also a manifestation of effects. The sculpture consists of a system of pipes supported by uprights interlocked to no more than one meter, which support phenolic plates held only at one end, forming a platform and a walkway, which sags slightly at one end under the weight of the visitor.
This sculpture is a passing tool that leads us nowhere other than from one extreme to the other side of the exhibition room. The complexity of this piece lies, on the one hand, in that all the elements that put it together are a structure based on the success of its architectural function and, on the other hand, that it is a sculptural phenomenon of physical and conceptual interactions (material and discursive).
The walkway invites us to experience the sculpture demanding a certain degree of confidence to walk through, and therefore, we start to dismiss the visual sense as the main means of feeling the artwork. While we walk through it, the contact transforms us into one more element of the whole, probably the most unstable and less exact of the whole system. The border between our body and the sculpture is blurred, stimulating a becoming with the work through an active combination of our senses. The idea of contemplation moves towards a vitalistic experience, metaphysically immanent between the self and the sculptural object.
Prueba de Tensión | 2015
Exhibition View: Museo Mar | Mar Del Plata | Argentina
Photograph: Horacio Volpato