Artist: Martín Soto Climent
Venue: Clifton Benevento, New York
Exhibition Title: Following the Whisper of My Shadow
Date: October 24 – November 27, 2010
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Images courtesy of Clifton Benevento, New York
Clifton Benevento is pleased to present Following the Whisper of My Shadow, a solo exhibition by Mexico City based artist Martín Soto Climent. The artist’s first solo show with Clifton Benevento furthers his investigation of movement and convergence, of design and parable, through a new body of photographs, sculpture and video addressing the transformative potential of materials.
A major component of the exhibition is Luminous Flux, a re-imagining of the myths of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar and “The Dance of the Seven Veils.” On a long table seven objects placed side by side precede a video depicting a woman’s shadow. The figure moves along the walls and draped furnishings of the artist’s studio, removing layers of clothing, seven in all, each punctuated by a flash of light. The formal repetition of the unit seven is indicative of Babylonian legend, in particular the lore surrounding Ishtar – the God of fertility, harvest and rebirth – and her mythic seven-stage journey into the underworld. Luminous Flux plays with ideas of catharsis, climax and corporeal display while acknowledging the complicated relationships between myth, history, and reality. Here, Soto Climent’s investigation of renewal compellingly overlaps with his curious ability to refigure the ephemeral nature of ideas.
In Intimate Ballet, the artist repurposed a book with black and white images of dancers into a new series of nine photographs. Soto Climent selected source material from the 1920s as a way to align his interest to the Surrealist’s development of the collage and further it. Intimate Ballet both addresses and honors the formal boundaries of the source object. Instead of cutting, pasting or dismembering the page, Soto Climent torques, bends and curls the images’ edges without damage, before re-photographing the new composition. Alluding to a lunar phase, Moon Bouquet is comprised of seven balloons tethered to a pair of women’s shoes, thus connecting the historical developments of collage and Intimate Ballet and the seasonality of Luminous Flux with the lexicons of motion, movement and convergence.
Meanings, like myths, in Soto Climent’s Following the Whisper of My Shadow, require repetition, complication and reiteration to remain fertile, to endure. The most subtle elements of Climent’s practice often play with this tension, having the potential to collaborate in chorus as well as the freedom to come undone with or without the maker’s will.