Nicolas Schöffer

Minisculpture (Kleine Skulptur), vor 1970
Stahl, Elektromotor, Kunststoff
Szépmüveszeti Múzeum, Budapest

Nicolas Schöffer is regarded as a key figure in kinetic and cybernetic art. By integrating mechanical movement, his three-dimensional works and reliefs become variable ensembles that provide a wide range of perceptual experience. This small sculpture consists of two crossed, flat panels – the simplest way of creating a three-dimensional object from two-dimensional planes. The fourth dimension – the unfolding of the object in time – is also integrated by means of motion. The flat areas of polished steel have holes with varying geometric forms so that new perspectives, views through, reflections and light effects develop when the object is turned around. Schöffer‘s light and motion objects are therefore dependent on the surrounding space; they reflect its conditions. As a result of the irregular and moving levels of reflection, for example, we also appear fragmented in them.

Nicholas Schöffer (1912 - 1992) lived in Hungary and Paris.