Spotlight on: Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik

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Abraham Palatnik, ‘Aparelho Cinecromático (cinechromatic machines)’, 1964.

Abraham Palatnik
Abraham Palatnik
Abraham Palatnik, 'Cinecromatico'. Photo: Vicente de Mello.
Abraham Palatnik, ‘Cinecromatico’. Photo: Vicente de Mello.
Abraham Palatnik, 'Cinecromatico'. Photo: Vicente de Mello.
Abraham Palatnik, ‘Cinecromatico’. Photo: Vicente de Mello.
Abraham Platanik, 'Yellow'.
Abraham Platanik, ‘Yellow’.
Abraham Palatnik, 'Aparelho Cinecromático', 1955-2001. Photo: Edouard Fraipont.
Abraham Palatnik, ‘Aparelho Cinecromático’, 1955-2001. Photo: Edouard Fraipont.
Abraham Palatnik
Abraham Palatnik

From the critical essay Abraham Palatnik : A Pioneer of Technological Art by Frederico Morais:

“Abraham Palatnik was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, in 1928, to a family of Russian Jews . He built his first two kinechromatic devices as experiments in 1949 and 1950. On a plastic screen covering the front of his devices, he projected colors and forms driven by electric motors, creating a luminous effect with its own timing. Using motors and light bulbs, he replaced paint-as a material dimension-with refracted light. The timing of the lighting was controlled from a console with switches for each lamp. The viewer sees only the colored shapes projected onto the front of the kinechromatic device. Inside there were about 600 meters of electric wires in different colors, linking 101 lamps of varying voltages, rotating several cylinders at varying speeds. Light is projected through a set of lenses and shapes and a prism to refract colors.

For more see the full text Abraham Palatnik : A Pioneer of Technological Art by Frederico Morais.

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