Bicho (usually translated by the artist as "animal) is the name given
by the important Brazilian artist Lygia Clarke (1920 - 1988) to her hinged
aluminum sculptures made in the 1960's. These works require the partcipation
of the viewer who manipulates the components and creates new shapes. In
her writings she described the role of as the artist as that of a "doctor."
She considered her later works as vehicles for curative therapy for mentally
ill patients, but they also stand alone as art objects.
The bichos for the Free Biennial follow in Clarke's tradition. The viewer
can create his or her own sculpture from a kit supplied by the artist,
or may decide to keep the kit unchanged.
HOW TO LOCATE
MAKE YOUR OWN BICHO KITS will be available at THE
FREE ART TABLES.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ladd Spiegel lives and works in New York. His works are shown at Cecilia
de Torres Ltd in New York and at the Schoolhouse Center in Provincetown,