Among the leading kinetic artists Vassilakis Takis has created a pioneering body of sculptures, performances, and sound pieces focused on electromagnetism, a force with which he has been fascinated since the beginning of his career.
Takis settled in Paris in 1954 and crafted his first “Signal” sculpture the following year.
His best-known series, the “Signals” are composed of delicate, moving rods springing from a solid base and topped with various industrial and technological fragments. Referencing natural and manmade antennae, they seem to commune with their surroundings.
Magnets are the animating center of his works.
He has harnessed their pull to suspend human beings and objects in space.
For Takis, electromagnetism is a unifying force, which runs through all bodies, and which he celebrates in art that -in his words- “binds together in space, objects, metals, roaming particles of the cosmos.”
Exhibition coming up!
TATE MODERN, London
from 3 July until 27 October 2019.
This the largest exhibition of Takis's work ever held in the UK, bringing together over 70 works. Throughout his career he has produced antennae-like sculptures he calls Signals, and musical devices using magnets, electricity and viewer participation to generate resonant and random sounds. Such inventions earned Takis the admiration of the international avant-garde, ranging from the American Beat poets to artists such as Marcel Duchamp.
This exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens.