Jesus Rafael Soto

Light Trap


Not on display

Jesus Rafael Soto 1923–2005
Original title
Piège de lumière
Wood, nylon and printed paper
Object: 470 × 298 × 131 mm
Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983

Display caption

Before he moved on to making real kinetic work Soto had explored optical effects that give the illusion of movement. The technique used here is very simple, with a vertical wire placed in front of a black and white lined background causing visual effects of flickering movement as the spectator passes by.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

T03770 Light Trap 1965

Construction of wood and nylon with printed paper 18 1/2 × 11 3/4 × 5 3/8 (470 × 298 × 131)
Not inscribed
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: Purchased by the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum, from Signals London, 1966 (Circ. 140–1966)

Exh: Travelling exhibitions of the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum

Previously listed in error at the Victoria and Albert Museum as ‘Spiral Relief’, this is a reproduction of a 1964 construction by Soto titled ‘Piège de Lumière’ which he published with Editions MAT as a multiple. In the original the background lines are white on black, and in the multiple they are black on white.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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