Shadows-in-the-net

The shadow-in-the-net is not a representation: it is an icon and a sister of Lescaux’s great bulls which are the guardians of their own shadows.

The essence of this work is indeed the invisible shadow caught in the net which has given it form.

The work thus ends up enjoying the same ambiguous status as the shadow, half-way between the world of objects and that of the psyche, giving it a soul and placing it in a superior world.

The shadow-in-the-net is a figure made out of nothingness, but one that exerts its presence through absence. i.e. the other nothingness it occupies.

(Pierre Restany, "Inside the mesh of matter")

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