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DO NOT TOUCH THE WORKS OF ART, the warning reads. Why would one do such a thing in the first place? People generally touch works of art in order to try to understand something simple. Visual information is at times incapable of transmitting or adding an element of sensation or direct appreciation of the history of the object.
"Touching is believing"- this is what makes an image return to its material stage and a sculptural form, an ergonomic experience. When the making of the artwork is charged with such a haptic experience, the residual energy left behind by the hand of the artist seems to be a perpetual standing invitation for the hand of the viewer. A work that incites touching, generally, also incites thinking about touching; a precondition to the full appreciation of sculpture and surface-based representational painting.
In cultures richly devoted to the senses as a unifying experience between mind and matter, haptic aspects of art-making and consuming become so evident, and thus sometimes get taken for granted. This exhibition focuses on the works of six artists from two cultures dominated by sensuous impressions in diverse ways, whose working habits are closely associated with the hand and whose ideas are loosely inspired by tradition. (Vik Muniz)
The six artists chosen by Vik Muniz will create works while sharing the studio at TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence from the middle of October. New works created during this period will be showcased at this exhibition.
[Image: Efrain Almeida "Manino" (2001) cedar wood and velvet, 23 x 30 x 20cm/ Photo: Mark Ritchie, Courtesy of Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo]