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  • ICAA Record ID
    1110761
    TITLE
    L'idée et la matière
    NOTES
    Transcrição do texto do catálogo.
    IMPRINT
    Paris, França : Galerie Denise Renée, 1974
    LANGUAGES
    French
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/Pamphlet – Catalogs
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    ESMERALDO, Sérvulo. L'idée et la matière. Paris: Galerie Denise Renée, 1974.
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
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Synopsis

The Brazilian artist Sérvulo Esmeraldo describes his interest in the phenomena of physics. He recalls some experiences in his childhood in northeast Brazil (Ceará), when he and his brothers turned ampoules into powerful lenses which they then used to make fire with sun rays. Even though he later learned the physical explanation for such phenomena, they remained charged with mystery for him. That is why years later, he brought these early experiments to bear on the experience of the “Excitáveis” (Excitables).

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Synopsis

Servulo relata seu interesse pelos fenômenos da física relembrando experiências vividas na sua infância junto aos seus irmãos, quando transformavam ampoulas em lentes possantes de maneira a provocar o fogo com os raios solares. Mesmo após encontrar explicação para estes acontecimentos, os fenômenos permanecerão impregnados de mistérios para o artista, o que é condizente com a experiência dos "Excitáveis".

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Annotations

These “Excitáveis” were an important creative contribution by the artist from Ceará, Sérvulo Esmeraldo (b. 1929). He was one of the local artists best known in the world beyond Ceará in the twentieth century, alongside of Antônio Bandeira, Aldemir Martins, and Xico da Silva. His work had the greatest repercussions in the 1950s and 1960s, through tests with electrostatic electricity, with which he contributed to both Kinetic art and Constructive art. He was also a printmaker and illustrator for the daily newspaper Correio Paulistano, and in 1956, he founded the Museu de Gravura in his native city of Crato. With a scholarship from the French government in 1957, he studied lithography at the École Nationale Superieure de Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he stayed for twenty years before returning to Brazil.

This document is a text written by the artist, himself, which illustrates his natural interest and subsequent research that led to the series of works he called “Excitáveis.” These works actually refer to the electrostatic properties of both the human body and things around it. The resulting objects function as boxes/cases that contain materials subject to that static electricity; with tactile contact (whether spontaneous or planned), these materials begin to move as a result of the various electric charges accumulated in them.

As supplementary readings, there are three texts on Esmeraldo’s “Excitáveis.” The first, written by Olívio Tavares de Araújo, is “Sobre a chegada de Sérvulo ao livro objeto (onde também se fala do binômio de Newton)” [doc. no. 1110763], and the second, written by Esmeraldo, is “Sobre os Excitáveis” [doc. no. 1110764]. In addition, there is a catalogue of an exhibition that was held in the French capital under the same title as the essay by the artist, L’idée et la matière (Paris: Galerie Denise René, 1974) [doc. no. 1110761].

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Um texto livre escrito pelo próprio artista que evidencia o seu interesse pelos fenômenos físicos. Os "Excitáveis" são trabalhos produzidos pelo artísta resultantes de pesquisa com propriedades eletrostáticas do corpo e das coisas ao nosso redor. Os objetos funcionam como estojos-caixas que contém matérias sujeitas a esta energia e quando em contato com o corpo humano, de forma expontânea ou programada, movimentam-se a partir das cargas elétricas que acumulamos em nossos corpos.

 

Ver também:

ARAÚJO, Olívio Tavares de. "Trilogia: Sobre a chegada de Sérvulo ao livro
objeto (onde também se fala do binômio de Newton)". Ed. Gabinete de
Artes Gráficas, São Paulo, 1976.
ESMERALDO, Sérvulo. "L’Idée et la Matière". Galerie Denise Renée: Paris,
France, 1974.
ESMERALDO,  Sérvulo. "Método prático e ilustrado para construir um excitável,
precedido de uma notícia sobre eletricidade estática." In: Sérvulo Esmeraldo. Volume 8. ColleXtion, Guy Schraenen Editor: Anvers, Belgica, 1976.

 

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Researcher
Equipe Brasil: Ana Maria Moraes Belluzzo
Team
FAPESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Credit
Reproduzido com o consentimento de Sérvulo Esmeraldo, Fortaleza - Ceará - Brasil.
Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Location
Arquivo Sérvulo Esmeraldo