Technique: Cast aluminium and neon
Dimensions: 320 x 450 x 200 cm
Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma, donated by the artists
Reg. no.: 366
This large-format piece created by Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu was first displayed in May of 1994, for their exhibition “Chthonian and Apollonian” in Galeria Pelaires in Palma, one of the first of their joint career.
Ritual starts out with a creative process based on research into new materials, in this case neon, with other more industrial or frequent ones, such as melted aluminium, to lend shape to pieces based on everyday elements which have a spiritual significance. The formal composition, expressed in diverse three-dimensional works on paper produced between 1992 and 1995, is articulated around four needles – everyday objects altered in their dimensions – the eyes of which are threaded with a yarn of yellow neon as a symbol of the fleeting union of the masculine and feminine strengths, alluding to fertility. A simultaneously contrasting and complementary duality which leads us to make a reflection of a metaphorical nature connected to Greek mythology, the convergence of earth and heaven, the mundane and the unique, the Chthonian and the Apollonian, the physical and the intellectual.