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Michel Verjux

Primo Piano

Simplicity and sobriety characterize Michel Verjux’s works, and it is precisely these values that give his installations their force and complexity. The source of light (projectors with halogen lamps), the light projections on the wall, and the architectural space are the elements that comprise Verjux’s vocabulary. From 1983 until 1986, the artist placed various constructions—usually wood boxes—between the light source and the wall, creating geometric plays of shadow. Later he eliminated the objects, and projected unobstructed beams of light directly onto the wall. Though precedents for Verjux’s reduction of means are numerous—Dan Flavin’s neon works, ’60s experiments in which the gallery space itself was exhibited, and even the environmental experiments of Daniel Buren and Niele Toroni—he pursues his practice with freedom and inventive force.

This installation consisted of two luminous

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