Perceptible Sun Clock
_ Wood, Paper
20 x 20 x 20”'
Rio de Janeiro, January 2002
Sun Clock Perceptible was prepared to be an ever changing object. This is the first object produced for the “Perceptível” series, a series devoted to develop works that could serve as experiments to test the structures that underlay our ways of relating and perceiving objects. Using sculptures and installations, also as a way of analogously test the phenomenology concerns of philosophers like Merleau-Ponty, in this case, more specifically in the case of “Sun Clock” a way of representing the following problem posed by him: “How can anything ever present itself truly to us since its synthesis is never completed?”
For “Sun Clock” uses a cube, the more easily comprehensible volume, therefore, the more commonly used to organize space, to fragment it by creating directional vectors pointed to one of its dislocated axis, and by creating extra inner surfaces that look like passing pages of book. Other lines try to further fragment the integrity of its form and give it movement and complexity. The surfaces of this model/object are covered with fabric and paper that expect to receive sun light and that are prepared to react in different ways to it.
When the sun light moves around the object it changes it in complex ways making some areas translucent, others transparent, others opaque, and creating a ever moving and changing shadow on the floor right next to it, that further increases the perceptual fragmentation of the object, and accentuates the impossibility of completing a simplistic idea of how it appears.
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