Luciana Lamothe works by placing two key elements of artistic practice: form and function, under as much stress as possible. If the modern principle of the truth of materials, by which every material should be used in the most appropriate way without hiding its nature, is also included, the combination gives rise to a dramatic tension within the work.
This drama plays out as action. In the spine of the building of the Museum of Modern Art, Lamothe has placed a mechanism that needs to be activated. Interaction with the spectator gets the structure moving and the momentum gradually grows more expansive and viral as it makes contact with the negative space of the stairs in the Museum lobby. The machine has a constructive spirit, emanating from its materials (pipes, joints and phenolic slabs) which are usually used to build scaffolding. But the work’s purpose is not to be an architectural prosthesis, enhancement or tool for the construction, but a monumental sculpture.
With the extension of the body into a sculpture and the sculpture into a building, Lamothe is seeking to gradually reduce leaps in scale: to offer the sensation of encompassing something much larger than ourselves. The objective of Contact is to create an individual experience of spatial recognition and constructive reflection, injecting tension into a public space, its existence and everyday elements, exploring their limits, shifts in use and spatial awareness alongside actual bodily perception in real time.