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Anatomy of becoming. Metzinger's cubo-futurism and Seliger's visions at Guggenheim
Written by Anna Trevisan   

auvelodrome.jpgWhat cyclists need to do is hold on tight to their bicycle, keep spinning, and clench to the saddle through rocky and dizzying Paris–Roubaix, the most dreaded cycle track in France. When Charles Crupelandt won 1912 edition Jean Metzinger framed that powerful, sweaty image and made one of his most celebrated paintings after it, At the Cycle-Race Track (1912). That memorable twist of sinew had been put on canvas by the French artist celebrating the bizarre wedding of Cubist technique and passion for sports.

 

What came out of it, an amazing portrait of those fugitive moments, the seconds before victory, the time frame where tension, equilibrium, speed, and movement converge. The same passion and care for the analysis of movement, transformation, and metamorphosis we find on Charles Seliger’s art too. Metzinger had a mathematical passion for the dissection of movement, while Selinger turned his interest to the organic calculus of molecules, atoms, and the infinitely small.

seliger.jpgSuggestions from the Surrealist method, a kind of automation in the pictorial technique, a professed taste for metamorphosis make Selinger’s art a technique for under-skin explorations. As he once famously stated, what he was looking for was to «to tear the skin from life, and peering closely, paint what I see».

 

Painting a structured and articulated space, divided in infinite sub-levels in an adventurous trip to the centre of Earth. «I’m digging straight down» said he, describing the powerful, visionary, sci-fi, creative hand-to-hand with matter characterizing his art, digging so deep so as to reach antimatter. Robert C. Morgan so commented: «Seliger was possessed with the gift to understand art as a reality capable of transmission. His art is always on the verge of sending a message – that energy and benevolence co-exist in the inner-depths, somewhere at the crossover point between the human heart and mind.»

 

«Cycling, cubo-futurism and the fourth dimension. Jean Metzinger's At the cycle-race track»

«Seeing the world within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s»
From 9 June to 16 September Collezione Peggy Guggenheim