Jean Dupuy, N° 71, 1965, acrylic on canvas, 78 3/4 x 55".

Jean Dupuy

Galerie Loevenbruck

Jean Dupuy, N° 71, 1965, acrylic on canvas, 78 3/4 x 55".

The French artist Jean Dupuy is best known for a strange piece—part heart monitor, part sculpture—called Heart Beats Dust, 1968, which was exhibited that year in Pontus Hultén’s “The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The work consisted of a wooden box in which a cone of infrared light illuminated a pile of dust that pulsed to the rhythms of the viewer’s heartbeat. A stethoscope registered the body’s sound and then amplified it to a degree that allowed a person’s subconscious energies to take visual form. For this Dupuy won a competition for artists and engineers working in collaboration sponsored by Experiments in Art and Technology.

Heart Beats Dust prefigures today’s technophilia in the arts. If you also consider the fact that Dupuy had bid painting adieu in 1967, when he destroyed much of his work in the medium

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