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If you talk about art that moves, about actual movement in art, you are talking about mobiles. But you cannot talk about mobiles without talking about Ib Geertsen.
A significant part of Ib Geertsen's oeuvre has become synonymous with light, independently balanced sculptures of wire and the like, that float as drawings in the room where they have been hung. Geertsen calls them 'drawings in the air', because this is what they are. He first started making these three-dimensional 'drawings' around 1950.
In the mobiles Ib Geertsen has united and condensed the shapes most commonly used in his nonfigurative painting: the curved or round sequence (at times also the drop), and the broken lines, tied to each other in small nodes or axles. The artistic challenge – for the artist – is to create an asymmetrical shape that works visually and is simultaneously perfectly balanced, so that it revolves around its own axis if you as much as look at it. It is this quiet movement that makes the mobile mindful. It reacts to its surroundings, like to its audience.
From text by Peter Michael Hornung
Translated by Lotte Follin
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Geertsen – In Triple Time, memorial exhibition 2009
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Komposition, bevægelse. August-september (Composition, Movement. August-September), 1951, Oil on canvas , 130 x 150 cm