- Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) Hamburg, Germany, 1912 - Caracas, Venezuela, 1994
- Dimensions:22,9 x 20,3 cm
- Category: Work on paper, Collage
- Entry date:2013
- Register number:DO01958
- Long-term loan of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, 2013
- On display in:
The Tejeduras (Weavings) date from the end of Gego’s long career. They make up a group of small works created using the weft and warp, depending on the material used, paper or thread. These pieces represent the end of a long, consistent creative process which began in 1939 with the German artist’s arrival in Venezuela. In this new context, Gego’s work embarks on a genuine, autonomous, individual path which redefines the legacy of European Constructivist Abstraction. From her earliest pieces, Gego applies a structural system to the development of a single individual line in space. This line is multiplied by weaving nets of mesh out of a wide variety of materials: thread, wire and string. There emerge different series of works, successively named: retículas (reticularea) in which the forms create spaces; chorros (streams) which pour out in thin aluminium rods; bichos (beasts) made out of scrap material; and troncos (trunks) made of metal. Depending on their form, they are positioned as mobiles hanging from the ceiling or directly on the floor. Their shadows projecting on the wall generate the artist’s Dibujos sin papel (Drawings without paper). In the final period of her work, Gego returns to creation on a two-dimensional plane with Tejeduras. These pieces are characterised by her core approach: drawing a line in space. This is executed using a wide variety of resources and materials, her experiments growing progressively bolder. Her pieces present organic forms, internal rhythms on the plane and movement in space, establishing connections with Optical and Kinetic Art that reveal a new way of conceiving abstraction.