- Hélio Oiticica Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1937 - 1980
- Technique:Gouache on paperboard
- Dimensions:45,5 x 52,5 cm
- Category: Work on paper, Drawing
- Entry date:2013
- Register number:DO01967
- Long-term loan of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, 2013
Hélio Oiticica underwent his training in the context of the Brazilian Neo-Concretism which developed around 1955 in Rio de Janeiro, with the theoretical support of poet Ferreira Gullar. He proposes a redefinition of European models of geometric art, undermining the strict rationalism applied to Constructivist Abstraction. Oiticica faithfully reflects the search for another order in his Metaesquemas, a group of gouaches on paperboard which he worked on between 1957 and 1958. These gouaches are the answer to his Constructivist drive. He experiments with the structural elements of painting, colour and the plane, resolving the tensions between them through repeated drawings of squares and rectangles on a monochrome surface. Through colour, he stimulates the static relationships between forms and lines, under the lens of the phenomenology of perception, which points to knowledge of the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Through movement which produces the visual perception of colour, the specific geometric outlines become dynamic, proposing an analysis which calls into doubt the validity of the plane on which geometry and Constructivist Rationalism are based. Beginning with his Metaesquemas, Oiticica abandons painting to develop a new artistic order which invades space. It is an artistic practice that links perception, knowledge, sensation and experience, and which represents a personal reflection on the role of art in society.
London : Tate Publishing, 2007.
Beyond geometry : experiments in form, 1940s-70s / Lynn Zelevansky ; with contributions by Valerie L. Hillings ... [et al.].Zelevansky, Lynn.Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2004.
HO NYK 1 de septiembre de 1971 ; Experimentar lo experimental ; Lo que hago es música ; Rap in progress nº 1 : con Carlos Vergara / Hélio Oiticica = HO NYK September 1, 1971 ; Experiment the experimental ; What I do is music ; Rap in progrss nº 1 : with Carlos Vergara / Hélio Oiticica.Oiticica, Hélio ( 1937-1980)[Selaya] : [Asociación Cultural Pisueña Press], 
Colour after Klein : re-thinking colour in modern and contemporary art : [Barbican Art Gallery, 26 May - 11 September 2005] / edited and introduced by Jane Alison ; essay by Nuit Banai ; introductory artist texts by Jane Alison, Kathleen Madden, Alona Pardo ; texts by Donald Judd, Yves Klein, Hélio Oiticica.London : Black Dog, 2005.
Oiticica, Hélio ( 1937-1980)London : Whitechapel Gallery, 1969.